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Sun 23 Aug 2015, 2:00pm–2:45pm

Where: Timaru Botanic Gardens, Corner of King and Queen Street, Timaru, South Canterbury

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

On August 23rd 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Botanical Gardens, near the Cenotaph off Queen Street, Timaru the SC W100 Centenary Committee are holding a service to commemorate the battle for Hill 60 in Gallipoli.

There will be a tree planting, speeches and unveiling of an interpretative panel which outlines the history of Hill 60 and its significance to South Canterbury.

We chose to commemorate Hill 60 rather than Chunuk Bair because Hill 60 is a more relevant battle to South Canterbury. Chunuk Bair involved Wellington and Auckland battalions whereas Hill 60 had the Canterbury and Otago Mounted Rifle Brigade fighting. The South Canterbury Mounted Rifles were part of the Canterbury battalion. This also continues our theme started in August 2014 when we unveiled the plaque to the horses of the 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles.

Hill 60 is also extremely important as it was the last offensive attack of the Gallipoli campaign. When it failed troops on both sides went in to a stalemate, holding defensive positions until December of 1915 when the ANZAC troops were withdrawn from the Gallipoli peninsula and redeployed to the Western Front in Europe, ending this bloody and ill fated campaign.

We have been gifted an authenticated Gallipoli pine, which means the seed from which it has grown can be traced back to the Gallipoli peninsula having arrived in New Zealand nearly 100 years ago in the pockets of a returning soldier. This tree will be planted as part of the ceremony.

We have Phillip Harper from Carew as our keynote speaker. Phillip is the author of “Brothers in Arms” – his grandfather fought at Hill 60 with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles.

The Timaru District Council have an area in the Botanical Gardens near the Cenotaph which they have kindly set aside for the Gallipoli pine tree to be planted and an interpretative panel commemorating the event to be placed. This will also be unveiled on the day.

We would like as many members of the public there to commemorate this significant WWI battle.

For more information on this event contact Chair of the SC W100 Centenary Committee Michelle Brown on 688 4123.

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