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A sculpture of an Australian soldier commemorates those who have served in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

The sculpture, was commissioned by the 59th Battalion Hume Regiment Inc., in honour of the unprepared militia who drove the enemy out of New Guinea during World War Two and was unveiled on the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Salamaua.


Address:Wyndham & Knight Streets, Returned Services League Club, Shepparton, 3630
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.374304
Long: 145.400418
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Conflict
Monument Designer:J. W. Elischer
Monument Manufacturer:Bela Angyal (Sculpture Reproduction)


Left Side Inscription


Without me, and my peers, the Admirals and generals can do nothing at all.

I fought :- 
In the mud of the Somme..
In a blazing destroyer on the North Sea.
On the perimeter at Tobruk..
Crashing in a flaming fighter in new Guinea.
Living with the dammed in cursed Changi..
Enduring, diseased and under resourced,
on the Kokoda Track.

I was :-
Your mate..  The kid next door..
The med student graduate..
The mechanic in the garage..
The baker who made the bread..
The gardener who cut your lawn..
The clerk who sent the bills.

I was :-

An Army Private.. A Naval Commander..
An Air Force Bombardier..  I'm every Serviceman..
The Unknown Soldier who died for a cause held just,
that you and yours may in freedom say,



Right Side Inscription

             AUSSIE DIGGER

       Sculptor : J. W. Elischer

This Reproduction By Bela Angyal Pays Tribute
To The Ordinary Citizens Who Enlisted, Fought,
Endured And Sacrificed Much In War Service
             For Australia

               Unveiled By
Major General M. P. J. O`Brien, C.S.C., Retd.
14 September 2003 

On The 60th Anniversary
Of Success At Salamaua.

Commissioned by
59th Battalion Hume Regiment Inc.,
In honour of unprepared militiamen who initially Held The Enemy Away In Papua And Then Joined The 2nd AIF To Drive Them From Papua And New Guinea

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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