Ross Townsend 

Seed of History

As an avid gardener, I love growing plants from seeds, as such, the Lone Pine Tree that stands in front of the Australian War Memorial has always captured my attention. The story of a pine cone from Gallipoli being sent back home by a soldier to his mother, is a great story, and one that should be retold throughout history: “from seed shed by it, she raised the tree”.

I hope this painting inspires the viewer to research the history of Lone Pine Ridge, Gallipoli and this tree which was planted in honour of the many lives lost in August 1915.