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The oranges of Bingara - a living Memorial

Bingara’s Finch Street and the local sportsground are lined with orange trees, planted in the 1960s as a living memorial to locals who died in service or were killed in action during World Wars I and II.

The oranges are untouched until 3 July, when the local school children are the first to pick them following a ceremony at the Bingara RSL.

As they reach for their first orange each year, Bingara’s children are reminded to think of those who’ve fallen in battle, and how fortunate they are to live where they do, and in peaceful circumstances.

This respect, self-discipline and pride in this unique memorial has been carried on from one generation to the next.

In some cases, those picking the fruit are the third or fourth generation in their families to do so.

As the trees are not watered, there was concern the drought’s severity would mean little or no fruit this year, but they’ve had a bumper crop!

To see more, watch the video below.

*This story was first published on 15 July 2020