A LIVING link to Gallipoli will grow as an enduring memorial for Macarthur Street Primary School. Grade six students presided over the planting of a Gallipoli Oak as part of a special Anzac Day ceremony on Friday morning.
Junior school councillor Charlotte said teachers did a lot of work in the school holidays to get just the right spot in the school yard.
“It’s always great to plant a new tree...when young kids see this tree, hopefully it will be a sign to remember for many years,” Charlotte said.
Wendouree MP Sharon Knight, Councillor John Phillips and Ballarat-born Sargent Daniel Purcell of the 8/7th Royal Victorian Regiment took part in the small service.
Macarthur Street is one of 500 primary schools in the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Gallipoli Oaks Project. Seedlings are direct descendants of acorns from Gallipoli. Young Australian solider Captain Winter Cooke, from near Hamilton, who noticed the holly bushes in Gallipoli and sent a package home to his uncle.