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North Melbourne War Memorial
North Melbourne War Memorial

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The monument was originally erected to commemorate those from North and West Melbourne who died in service or were killed in action during World War One.

Additional plaques have been added to commemorate those who have died in service or been killed in action in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved in since the end of World War One.

The unveiling of the granite column erected by the North and West Melbourne Red Cross Society at the corner of Victoria and Errol Streets North Melbourne as a memorial to those who fell in the war took place yesterday afternoon in the presence of a large gathering.  The ceremony was performed by His Excellency the Governor (Lord Somers) and Lady Somers  subsequently laid the first wreath at the base of the memorial.

This was followed by others placed in memory of dead relations and friends until the flowers rose to a height of several feet. Mr Clement Davidson president of the society, said that 1,240 men enlisted from North and West Melbourne, and of these 520 died on service.  It was hoped that the sacred spot now dedicated would long be remembered as a memorial to their heroism. The memorial had cost £300 and this sum had been given by citizens.
The Argus (Melbourne), 12 July 1926.

Monument characteristics :

A stone column and ball on a stone plinth and two-stepped base.


Address:King & Hawke Streets, North Melbourne, 3051
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.805244
Long: 144.948684
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Monument Designer:H. B. Corben & Sons Pty. Ltd.


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 11th July, 1926
Front Inscription

In Imperishable Memory
Of Australia's Sons
— Who Died  —
In The Cause Of Freedom
In The Great War
  1914 - 1918

Erected By The Members
Of The North And West
Melbourne Red Cross Society
On Behalf Of The Citizens.


Left Side Inscription


Plaque :

Sacred To The Memory Of
Those Who Gave Their Lives
In The Korean Campaign
1950 - 1953.

Lest We Forget


Back Inscription


Plaque :

Sacred To The Memory Of
Those Who Gave Their Lives
In The Following Conflicts

Malaya                  1948 - 1960
Sabah Sarawak    1962 - 1966
Malay Peninsula  1964 - 1966
Vietnam                 1962 - 1972

Lest we forget


Right Side Inscription


Plaque :

Sacred To The Memory Of
Those Who Gave Their Lives
In World War II 
1939 - 1945.

Lest We Forget


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