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Mitcham War Memorial : 26-November-2011
Mitcham War Memorial : 26-November-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

Mitcham War Memorial commemorates those who have served in conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The memorial was originally erected in memory of those from the district who served in World War One, particularly those who had made the supreme sacrifice.  The names of those who lost their lives in World War Two were added to the memorial at a later date. Further plaques were added to the memorial to commemorate those who lost their lives in later conflicts. 

Monument Characteristics:
The Memorial is a white marble statue of a World War One bugler on a grey granite pedestal on a two-stepped bluestone base. The uniform that the bugler wears appears not to be of Australian origin and may have some Italian characteristics. A number of World War One statues made in Italy to Australian orders prompted questions about the accuracy of uniforms and equipment.

The Mitcham soldiers' memorial was unveiled by the Earl of Stradbroke on Sunday afternoon. Steady rain marred the ceremony. Situated in an oval in White Horse-road, at its junction with Mitcham-road, the monument occupies a commanding position, facing the east. The figure is that of a soldier with a bugle to his lips, and underneath is an inscription to the effect that it was erected by the Mitcham Welcome Home Association.  The Governor said the monument had been erected to the memory of 143 men who went to the front from the Mitcham riding, and especially in honor of the 22 men who made the supreme sacrifice. It was a splendid record for a district with a population of 2000. There were responsibilities which nations and individuals must bear. He urged them to face the difficulties of life in a cheerful spirit, and with the determination to succeed. Each one had a duty to perform, and could exercise an influence upon the community. They should not live just for their own satisfaction or to improve their own position, but should aim at high ideals and try to improve in spirit as well as in material things. They would not only make conditions better for this generation, but for those who came after. (Applause.)
The Age (Melbourne), 17 October 1922. 

Location

Address:Mitcham Road, Halliday Park, Mitcham, 3132
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.810606
Long: 145.192926
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 15th October, 1922
Front Inscription

For God King and Country
1914 - 1919
ERECTED BY
MITCHAM WELCOME HOME ASSOCIATION
TO ALL WHO SERVED AND GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR

"Lest We Forget"
FALLEN (Names)

IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN
WORLD WAR 2  1939 - 45
 (Names)

Left Side Inscription

RETURNED
(Names)

Plaque:
THIS PLAQUE IS A MEMORIAL TO
THE MEN & WOMEN OF AUSTRALIA
WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
DURING THE VIETNAM WAR

LEST WE FORGET
Mitcham R.S.L.

Back Inscription

RETURNED
(Names)

In Camp
(Names)

Plaque:
THIS PLAQUE IS A MEMORIAL TO
THE MEN & WOMEN OF AUSTRALIA
WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
DURING WORLD WAR II

LEST WE FORGET
Mitcham R.S.L.

Right Side Inscription

RETURNED (Names)

Plaque:
THIS PLAQUE IS A MEMORIAL TO
THE MEN & WOMEN OF AUSTRALIA
WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
DURING THE KOREA & MALAYA CAMPAIGN

LEST WE FORGET
Mitcham R.S.L.

Source: MA,RSLV,SKP
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