Trees planted in Dublin as a mark of respect to diggers

A REMEMBRANCE Service and tree planting ceremony to honour fallen soldiers from the local area was held at the Dublin Institute on Sunday, November 9.

About 170 people turned out for the historic planting, organised by the Dublin History Group.

Descendants of the 22 fallen soldiers planted the avenue of trees along the boundary of the institute, on the corner of First and Sixth Streets, to recognise the local soldiers from WWI who lived in Dublin, Long Plains, Lower Light, Wild Horse Plains and Windsor.

Dublin History Group Secretary, Pat Thompson, said the day was a great success and people travelled from around the state to be there.

“We had people travel from Murray Bridge, Mount Gambier, the West Coast, and Tumby Bay just for the day,” she said.

“We had wonderful feedback. – it was lots of work but it was definitely worth it in the end.”
Name plaques adorn the bottom of the trees, recognising those who fought to save the country from 1914-1918.

“There are 22 plaques and trees, 21 for the named soldiers and one for the unnamed soldier,” Pat explained.

The Memorial Tree project is something the group have been working on for some time.

Members of the history group will now care for the trees and water them daily.

The District Council of Mallala Partnerships Grant, Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program, Dublin History Group and local community donations provided the funding.

The trees are well known for forming dense shade and will grow to about 10 metres tall at maturity and bear a yellow flower in spring and an orange berry in summer.

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