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Bonnie Doon War Memorial
Bonnie Doon War Memorial

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Bonnie Doon War Memorial was originally erected to commemorate those who served and those who paid the supreme sacrifice in World One. The names of those who served in World War Two were added to the memorial at a later date. The Memorial is a marble statue of a World War One digger standing easy and holding an unbayoneted rifle. It stands on a grey granite obelisk on a two-stepped concrete base.

An imposing monument to the memory of those who served in the war has been erected at Bonnie Doon, near Mansfield It was unveiled recently in the presence of a large gathering of residents of the dis trict and many visitors. The ceremony of unveiling the monument was carried out by Major Bushell, who had been specially deputed for the task by Major General Sir John Gellibrand, who at the last moment found it impossible to attend. The monument, which cost about £700 (subscribed by residents), consists of a column of polished granite, on which are inscribed in golden letters the names of l8 men who fell in the war, and 51 men and two nurses who returned after service. Surmounting the column, there, is a life size representation of an Australian soldier.
The Argus (Melbourne), 13th September 1921.

Location

Address:Maroondah Highway & Phillip Street, Bonnie Doon, 3720
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.026456
Long: 145.854781
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:Corben & Sons (Fitzroy, VIC)

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:February-1921
Front Inscription

THE GREAT WAR 1914 1918.

BONNIE DOON`S TRIBUTE OF LOVE AND GRATITUDE TO HER GLORIOUS DEAD AND TO HER RETURNED MEN WHO FOUGHT TO KEEP OUR EMPIRE FREE

(plaque)

THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD
AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM
NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEBER THEM
LEST WE FORGET

Left Side Inscription

OUR FALLEN (Names)

Back Inscription

OUR RETURNED (Names)

Right Side Inscription

OUR RETURNED (Names)

Source: MA,RSLV,SKP
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