Memories of Home – Cleansing the Spirit

  • Memories of Home – Cleansing the Spirit


Deborah Gower 2015 Fromelles

Once Lost, Never Forgotten



The burning of the gum leaves. Relatives from Australia would send gum leaves to Australian soldiers I France during the First World War.  Soldiers would burn the leaves to treasure the smell of eucalyptus as a memory of home.  In 2015, Mayor Jean–Gabriel Masson burnt gum leaves at the ANZAC service at Pheasant Wood as a symbolic cleansing of the past and a fire of renewal for the present.


Brûler des feuilles d’eucalyptus. Les familles australiennes envoyaient des feuilles d’eucalyptus aux soldats qui combattaient en France durant la Première Guerre Mondiale. Les soldats brûlaient les feuilles afin de se remémorer leur pays. En 2015, Jean-Gabriel Masson, le Maire de Fromelles a brûlé des feuilles d’eucalyptus lors de la Cérémonie de l’ANZAC au Pheasant Wood, pour symboliser le passé et le renouveau du présent.

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