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Victoria Cross Memorial : December 2013
Victoria Cross Memorial : December 2013

Photographs supplied by Nancy Alford

The Victoria Cross memorial honours the State`s Victoria Cross recipients. The memorial is adjacent to the Australian War Graves .

The VC Memorial was a Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) initiative, commemorating the conspicuous bravery of 39 Victorian VC recipients, including six British VC recipients who settled or deceased here. Each of the Memorial's 39 plaques detail the citation given at the time the VC was awarded, providing valuable insights into the recipient's character The remains of five recipients and some family members are placed at the memorial.


Address:600 Princes Highway, Springvale Botanical Cemetery , Springvale, 3171
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.948626
Long: 145.173929
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 10th November, 2013
Front Inscription

This Memorial commemorates the valour of the 33 Australians and six British recipients of the Victoria Cross who are associated with Victoria .

Instituted by Queen Victoria in 1856, the Victoria Cross is the highest award for acts of bravery in wartime.  It was made retrospective to 1854 to cover the period of the Crimean War.  Until the Victoria Cross for Australia was created in 1991, Australians were eligible for the Victoria Cross and other awards under the Imperial system of honours.

‘Their stories are linked by a golden thread of extraordinary courage.  Each of them gave the best  that a man can give, and ll too many gave their lives.  All met with honour, those demands of war which urge the valiant spirit to the limits of human endeavour and endurance.  They dared mightily and turned their necessity to glorious gain.’
Queen Elizabeth 11

This memorial incorporates the ashes of William Dunstan, William Jackson, Laurence Mc Carthy, James Rogers and William Ruthven, and where indicated, their wives and other kin.

Source: MA
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