Memorial by Gary Crew & Shaun Tan

04 / 07 / 2016
221 x 241 x 6mm

A moving and evocative story interweaving themes of war, memory and conservation which brings the legend of the Anzacs to a new generation.

After World War I a Moreton Bay Fig tree was planted in the park in a small country town and a statue of an unknown soldier was erected, both as war memorials. Nearly 80 years later, the town council wants to cut down the by-now enormous tree.

A young boy tells the story of the tree, as related by his great grandfather, a WW I veteran; his grandfather, who fought in WW II; and his father, who was in Vietnam. The three generations describe how the tree has been significant in each of their lives and is a repository of memory for all of them. The boy wants to fight to save the tree; to him it is a living statement of how the soldiers gave their lives for the right to choose life and freedom.

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