SEVERAL schools in the Greater Hamilton region have signed up to take part in the Gallipoli Oaks Project.
The project aims to deliver a Gallipoli Oak tree to every primary school in Victoria between 2015 and 2018 to celebrate the Anzac centenary.
The story behind the Gallipoli Oak project started at a property near Hamilton nearly 100 years ago with the Winter Cooke family.
Captain William Winter Cooke joined the Australian Army when the First World War started and landed from a ship on a beach at Gallipoli in Turkey on April 25, 1915.
He fought in the hills for eight months and endured many hardships.
He noticed there were many small, prickly trees that had acorns, just like those on an oak tree and he decided to send nine acorns in a tobacco tin to his uncle, who was interested in trees, at the family property ‘Murndal’ near Hamilton, Victoria
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, or subscribe to our epaper at top of page.