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Port Fairy War Memorial : 11-June-2011
Port Fairy War Memorial : 11-June-2011

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The War Memorial was originally erected to commemorate soldiers and sailors from the district who served in World War One. The names of the fallen of World War Two were added to the memorial at a later date. 

PORT FAIRY, Monday.  Sir Wm. Glasgow, (Minister of Defence) accompanied by Lady Glasgow, arrived at Port Fairy on Saturday evening. He was tendered a civic welcome at the council chambers by the mayor (Cr.E.Hanley).  The Minister said he had a delightful trip along beautiful roads in the Western district. That district had wonderful potentialities in regard to agriculture, and pastoral and dairying pursuits.  At night a dinner was tendered to Sir Wm. Glasgow and other visitors by Port Fairy branch of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers' Imperial League.  The Minister stressed the fact that the Government was anxious to give more than sympathetic assistance in the case of every deserving returned man and his dependants. On Sunday morning members of the local branch of the league marched to the Methodist Church, where a special service was conducted by Rev. R. Jackson, assisted by Mr. Martin, Victorian president of the league.  In the afternoon Sir Wm. Glasgow, in the presence of about 2500 people, delivered an address and unveiled the Sailors and Soldiers' Memorial, which faces the Princes Highway, and on which is inscribed the names of 233 men. A large number of wreaths from relatives, churches, lodges and other institutions were laid at the base of the memorial, one in memory of the 60,000 Australians who made the supreme sacrifice. A collection for the memorial improvements fund realised over £35.
Age (Melbourne), 22 January 1929.


Address:Bank Street & Princes Highway, Port Fairy, 3284
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.382585
Long: 142.228719
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Monument Manufacturer:R. E Carpenter (Warrnambool, VIC)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 20th January, 1929
Front Inscription

"Post Cineres Gloria Venit"  
"Glory Comes After Death"

Names of Port Fairy And District Heroes
Who Died For The King And Native Land 

 In The Great War Of
        1914 - 18
The Following Offered Their Lives
In The Glorious Cause Of Freedom

         A Memorial
To Port Fairy And Districts Sailors & Soldiers
Who Enlisted For The War.  

By Their Grateful Compatriots.


Left Side Inscription


Back Inscription

        1939 - 45 
In Honour Of The Men
Of Port Fairy & District
Who Paid The Supreme
Sacrifice In World War II


Right Side Inscription


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