The iconic 'Lollypop Tree' on Mt Beckworth turns 100 this year and a celebration is planned for April 22.
Organisers at the Mt Bolton-Beckworth Landcare Group and Clunes Tourism and Development Association are trying to find descendants of the Maryborough forester and 4 schoolchildren who planted the lone pinus radiata.
The tree is listed with the National Trust, whose archives state that a Mr Jack Scarfe helped the kids originally plant four pines at the summit.
In a 1975 newspaper article, one of the 1918 schoolchildren, Colin Drife, recalled Jack riding a bike and sometimes a horse to carry out periodic inspections of the area and how he used to camp in the ranger's hut before retiring in the 1930s.
The tree was due to be removed during WW2, but instead was trimmed into its unique shape so Mt Beckworth could be identified by RAAF trainees from Ballarat.
We caught up with Colin's great nephew John Drife, who still lives locally