Royal Botanic Gardens Memorial,
Mrs. Macquarie's Drive, Woolloomooloo
Tree Planting Ceremony, Saturday 7 October, 1995
On Saturday 7th October, 1995 a
most impressive tree planting ceremony was conducted by the 2/30 Bn
Association led by President Ron Maston. The ceremony commemorated the
return of 2/30 Battalion, on 9/10/45 disembarking from the
Esperance Bay, at the Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo Bay.
Mr Michael Bailey acted as MC for
His Excellency The Hon. A.M.
Gleeson A.C., Lt. Governor for N.S.W. was accompanied by Mrs Gleeson.
Mr Gleeson planted a Rusty Fig as a living memorial alongside a
granite monolith (the stone was selected from the Moonbi Range near
Tamworth) to which is attached a brass plaque with the inscription:
"They sailed from here, survivors returned here.
We remember those who did not come home. "
A tribute to the men of 2/30 Bn AIF commanded by
Lt Col (later Brigadier) Sir FREDERICK GALLEGHAN,
DSO, OBE, SO, ED. This tree was planted on the
fiftieth anniversary of their homecoming by
His Excellency, The Honourable A.M. GLEESON AC,
Lt. Governor of NSW.
7th October; 1995,
LEST WE FORGET
(Coat of Arms)
President 2/30 Bn AIF
Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
President Ron Maston introduced
members of the official party, Lady Galleghan, Major General Sharp, Mr
Neal Armstrong, for the Hon. Con Sciacca, Professor Chambers, Director
Royal Botanical Gardens, Lt. Col. Oaky, Lt. Col. D. Aspinall, Dr. R.
Richards, Mr. W. Mariner, 8 Division and Mr Alex Dandie for Ex-POW
He drew attention to Mr Ron
Fosterís suggestion for a tribute to mark the return of 2/30 Battalion
in 1945. From this suggestion a tree planting ceremony with memorial
plaque materialised. President Ron Maston, Secretary Bruce Ford and
Treasurer Bert Farr liaised with Professor Chambers and Royal
Botanical Gardens staff. A number of Associate Members and those of
the Auxiliary assisted in ensuring the ceremony would be a success.
He outlined losses experienced by
the 2/30 Battalion and expressed the hope that the site selected by
Professor Chambers staff will be a fitting symbol to the spirit of the
fighting 2/30 Battalion.
He invited his Excellency The Hon.
Murray Gleeson to plant the tree. Mr Gleeson thanked the 2/30 Bn
A.I.F. Association for the privilege of planting the tree, a symbolic
act of remembrance. He congratulated Professor Chambers upon the
selection of the site opposite the Finger Wharf overlooking
The Reverend Stephen Williams read
a Prayer of Dedication. Bugler Glenn Owens (N.S.W. Fire Brigade)
sounded Last Post and Reveille. Patron Jack Maclay recited the Ode.
Bert Farr thanked Michael Bailey.
The assembly, moved to Lion Gate
Lodge for morning tea. After morning tea, President Ron Maston
specially thanked Professor Chambers and staff, then presented the
professor with books and a Recollection tape, Professor Chambers
responded being delighted to have the privilege of hosting 2/30 Bn
Association. President Ron Maston thanked the Associate Members for
their efforts in making the event a success. Bert Farr thanked Ron and
Bruce Ford for their work in planning and execution of an exercise
carried out with true military precision and efficiency.
(Source: Makan No. 315, December