An article by Graham Edwards, State President Returned & Services League of WA (RSLWA), published in For People & Plants Issue 89 Autumn 2015.
The RSL Spirit of ANZAC Grevillea was released by the Returned Services League of WA on 16 March 2015, in partnership with the Kings Park plant breeding program. This new Grevillea variety commemorates the first major military action by Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli a century ago.
The RSL appreciates the development of this unique plant to help commemorate Australia’s fallen. It will enable all members of our community to participate in the centenary of ANZAC. On 25 April 1915 the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps stormed ashore at a location now known as ANZAC Cove. The ANZACs were participating in a major conflict for the first time, just 13 years after Australia’s federation. Some 11,000 ANZACs died at Gallipoli. More than 62,000 Australians fell in the First World War.