Tasmania is the land of unexpected treasures. Travelling the A3 Tasman highway between Launceston and Saint Helens one is greeted by a solitary figure in the corner of a paddock. His pointing arm directs inquisitive travellers down a narrow road to investigate the reason for his presence.
In 1918 nine trees were planted in Legerwood to honour the Anzacs and the seven soldiers from the area who died in battle. Over the next 83 years the trees grew to such a height that they were considered dangerous and would need to be lopped. The local community was devastated at the prospect of having their memorial destroyed, so after some deliberation they came up with the novel idea of employing chainsaw sculptor Eddie Freeman, from Ross, to carve a unique monument to these soldiers.
Thanks to the dedication and generosity of the local community and the artistry of Eddie Freeman these extraordinary memorials now provide a memorable experience for those who visit Legerwood. These carved trees provide a focal point that allows us to reflect on the misery of war and the heartache that a distant conflict can bring to a small remote community.
If you see the solitary figure by the road follow his directions to these fantastic memorials!
by Richard Boldys
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