2009 - Planting Gallipoli Rosemary

Did you know that the rosemary we have growing at the front entrance of the school near the Anzac soldier, is in fact Gallipoli Rosemary? 

Our current Year 6 students were a little smaller (and cuter) back then! 

Our current Year 6 students were a little smaller (and cuter) back then! 

In 2009 a group of dedicated parents found out about the Gallipoli Rosemary project and organised some cuttings for the students to plant. The story of the rosemary is as follows: 

In 1915 a wounded digger from Adelaide was repatriated to the Army Hospital at Keswick.

He brought back with him a small rosemary bush dug up from the slopes and ravines of the Anzac Cove and it was planted in the hospital grounds.

For decades small sprigs of the digger’s rosemary were worn to honour the fallen on Anzac and Armistice days and after the Repatriation Hospital was established during WW2 at Daw Park SA, cuttings were taken and it was grown into a hedge on the hospital grounds.

This history was only discovered by David Lawry, Founder and Director of the AoH Project, when as a landscaper in the late 1980’s he was inadvertently removing part of it during renovations and the hospital gardener told him of its origin.

Worried that it might all be lost he took cuttings and kept a number of them growing in his native nursery to conserve the plant for posterity.

In 2004 at the launch of the Avenues of Honour Project during the TREENET Symposium at Adelaide University’s Waite Arboretum the delegates planted all of these in symbolic anticipation of the thousands of trees that would be planted across Australia in the decades ahead.

In 2009, Crown Street Public School with the support of Bunnings, managed to secure some Gallipoli Rosemary cuttings and planted them next to the Anzac soldier.  Since then the rosemary bush has flourished and is now an important part of our school's history.   

So next time you pass the rosemary bush at the front of the school, take a moment to stop and think about where it has come from and its significance!