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07-October-2013
07-October-2013

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders / Sandra Brown

The 21 metre high Memorial Cross was erected by a private citizen, Mr William Cameron, in the 1930`s to commemorate those who died in World War One and to provide work for the unemployed in the depression.

It is considered Victoria`s most significant war memorial after the Shrine. Today the reserve commemorates all those who served in wars and conflicts.

On the highest point of Mount Macedon about 400 persons gathered in a bitter wind and wintry rain on Saturday afternoon around the base of a great memorial cross which was dedicated by the Premier (Sir Stanley Argyle) to the glory of God and to the memory of Australia's gallant soldiers who laid down their lives in the Great War. The cross of stone and the two and a half miles of road leading up the mountain cost £10,000, all of which, except about £200, which was contributed by the Gisborne Shire, was paid by Mr. W. Cameron, of Cameron Lodge, Macedon. Seventy feet in height, with a plinth 14 feet in width, the cross rests on a circular base 30 feet in diameter. The pale yellow stone, in relief against the sombre color of the dense bush, is conspicuous for miles across the plains 2,000 feet below. On two sides of the cross great swords in relief point towards the ground. About the circular base are trim lawns, shrubs and seated recesses in rock. 
Chronicle (Adelaide), 21 March 1935. 

Location

Address:Cameron Drive, Mount Macedon, 3441
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.389542
Long: 144.576911
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

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

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 16th March, 1935
Front Inscription

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN
MEMORY OF AUSTRALIA`S SONS
1914-1918.

"Death Cannot Rob Them Of
Their Glory, Nor Time Efface
The Memory Of Their Gallant Deeds"

Inscription in Proximity

Plaque 1 :

The Mount Macedon Memorial Cross

The reconstruction of the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross was donated to the people of Victoria by Bruno Grollo and Rino Grollo
November 1995

Plaque 2 :

The original War Memorial Cross on Mount Macedon, erected in 1934, was a gift to the people of Victoria from Mr WIlliam Cameron, of Cameron Lodge, Mount Macedon, to commemorate the heroic deeds of all Australian veterans of the Great War 1914 - 1918

The elements of nature took their toll on the original cross, which deteriorated to the extent that it became unsafe.  It ws demolished and replaced by a matching cross in pre-cast concrete in 1995.  This plaque is placed to perpetuate the expression of gratitude of the Victorian people to Mr William Cameron.

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