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ANZAC Grove War Memorial : 10-July-2011
ANZAC Grove War Memorial : 10-July-2011

Photographs supplied by Roger Johnson

The ANZAC Grove War Memorial commemorates those who died in service or were killed in action during World Wars One and World War Two. 

Anzac Day this year had a double importance as far as Gundagai was concerned, because besides the usual annual ceremony of dedicating trees to fallen heroes, a handsome and appropriate memorial was unveiled in honor of the lads from this town and district, who lost their lives whilst on active service. At about 2.30 p.m. a crowd of adults, and a large number of school children, headed by the band and returned soldiers, marched to Wattle Grove in Anzac Park, where there was another large crowd of people congregated to take part in the Anzac celebrations. Mayor Stribley presided and unveiled the memorial, during which the last post was sounded by Mr. J. Sheahan.

The memorial was designed and erected by the efforts of Mr. C. C. Worner, who deserves the thanks of the community, particularly the relatives and friends of the brave lads whose memory they were perpetuating, and any credit that was due should go to Mr. Worner, who had now left the district, but every time the memorial was seen Mr. Worner would be remembered. Mr. Sullivan explained that the memorial was erected to perpetuate the memory of those who had fallen whilst on active service by their relatives who subscribed the money to pay for same, and there was a surplus to keep same in repair.  The 54 names on the memorial was in keeping with the surroundings of Anzac Grove. The memorial is a beautiful piece of work, and adds further lustre to the great name our local monumental mason, Mr. F. Rusconi, has earned at his profession in the Gundagai district. It is doubtful if a more artistic or finished tradesman could be found anywhere. The lettering on the memorial shows the touch of a master hand, being absolutely perfect. The monument itself is of freestone, about 7ft. high, with marble tablets let in on either side, with a laurel wreath on top. The column represents a tree broken off, which should serve to remind us of the cutting short of the young lives of our heroes. The memorial is a credit to the district, the designer and the tradesman who carried out the work.
The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW), 27 April 1920.  

Location

Address:Landon Street, ANZAC Park, Gundagai, 2722
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.067593
Long: 148.101331
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:Mr C.C. Worner (designer) Frank Rusconi (monumental mason)
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 25th April, 1920
Front Inscription

LEST WE FORGET 1914 - 1919

Erected To Perpetuate
The Memories Of Gundagai & District
Soldiers Who Fell In The Great War

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Left Side Inscription

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1939 - 1945

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Back Inscription

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1939 - 1945

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Right Side Inscription

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1939 - 1945

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Source: MA,NRWM
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