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Portarlington War Memorial
Portarlington War Memorial

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The War Memorial commemorates those who have served in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The memorial was originally erected in memory of those from Portarlington and 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. 

A meeting of the Portarlington and District Welcome Home Committee was held on Monday night, in the Free Library. It was decided that the next social be held in the Foresters' Hall on Thursday, 27th March, when six local soldiers are to be officially welcomed home. The sub-committee appointed to consider a suitable monument for erection in memory of the soldiers, who enlisted from the district presented their report. In response to inquiries, 40 drawings and specifications were received from city firms, and the committee suggested that the one forwarded by H. B. Corben and Sons, of Clifton Hill, be accepted. The meeting ratified the choice of the committee, and instructed it to secure the monument, and have it erected at once. The specifications for the memorial are as follow: The monument consists of steps, surround base, sub base, columns, top base, projecting slabs, canopy, and shell. The steps will be top-dressed with rustic faces. The surround will consist of rough granite blocks. The base will be rustic granite, and the sub base of dressed granite. The columns will consist of two rectangular slabs of rustic granite, with dressed panels on either side for the names of soldiers. The top-base will be dressed, and the projecting slabs dressed on top; the bottom beds with rustic faces.  The canopy of dome, will be dressed with a representation of the shell on top of same, all dressed with a bronze band around. Badges representative of the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces in bronze will be engraved on two sidee of the columns above the name panels. The lettering will be cut on panels. Total height of monument above the ground level will be 17 feet. The price for erection, complete with adedquate concrete foundation, will be £220, Most of the money is in hand, and it is proposed to raise the difference by means of a race meeting. 
Geelong Advertiser (Vic), 19 March 1919.

In memory of soldiers from Portarlington and district who fell in battle, and as a record of those who enlisted from the town and district, the residents have erected amonument of Harcourt granite in Cannon Park overlooking the pier.

Brigadier- General 
Robert Smith in unveiling the monument on Saturday, said that he knew the men, and the sacrifices made by them for their country were Christ-like. The soldier drew near to God when he knew that he was forced to engage in deadly conflict.
The Argus (Melbourne), 29 September 1919. 


Address:Pier Street, Portarlington, 3223
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.114352
Long: 144.652741
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Monument Designer:H. B. Corben & Sons (Clifton Hill)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 27th September, 1919
Front Inscription
King & Country

This Monument Is Erected
In Honor Of Those who Enlisted
From Portarlington And District
And In Memory Of The Men Who Have
Fallen Who So Nobly Served Their 
Country In The Great War 1914 -1919
Left Side Inscription

Names of Men Fallen
Supreme Sacrifice
1939 -45

To Commemorate Those Australians
Who Served Their Country
In World War II, Korea, Malaya,
Sabah/Sarawak, Malay Peninsula
And Vietnam Conflicts.
    1939 - 1972

Back Inscription

For God
& Empire

British Commonwealth
Occupation Force (Japan)
Association of Australia.

A Tribute To All Who Served
And In Remembrance Of Those
Who Died On Active Service In Japan
1945 - 1952
Lest We Forget

Right Side Inscription

Names Of Those Enlisted

Australia Remembers
1945 -1995

In Honour Of
The Men & Women Who Served
Australia In Time Of Conflict
During World War II.

Lest We Forget

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