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Sunbury War Memorial : November 2013
Sunbury War Memorial : November 2013

Photographs supplied by Nancy Alford / Sandra Brown

Sunbury War Memorial was erected in 1921 to commemorate those who had served and fallen in the First World War.

Sir Rupert Clarke had offered to pay for the memorial which he intended to erect to the memory of his nephew Lieut. Keith MacDonald who had been killed in France. Clarke had selected Sunbury as the site for the monument because of its long-term association with the Clarke family - as exemplified by their Sunbury property Rupertswood - and he asked the memorial committee to select a location for its erection. The monument is a model of symmetry, and the fine lines of carving on the stone and bronze reveal a delicate taste. On the fourth bronze face of the monument, surmounted by the Clarke coat-of-arms, is the inscription indicating the originating cause of the gift - the loss at the war of Sir Rupert's nephew, Lieut. Keith MacDonald - together with the names of the thirty-two others who made the supreme sacrifice. .

Subsequently two plaques have been added one at the end of the Second World War and another to commemorate those who had fought in Korea, Vietnam and Malaya.

Location

Address:Stawell Street, Stawell Park, Sunbury, 3429
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.579795
Long: 144.732776
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 27th November, 1921
Front Inscription

(Top Plaque)
TO THE MEMORY OF
CLAUDE KEITH MACDONALD
LIEUT. 93rd REGT.
ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS
KILLED IN FRANCE SEPT. 1915.
AND TO THE FOLLOWING SOLDIERS OF THE A.I.F.
WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
(NAMES)

(Middle Plaque)
THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY
SIR RUPERT CLARK BART.
IN HONOUR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF SUNBURY
WHO SERVED IN THE WAR 1914 -1919
(Lower Plaques)
ALSO 1939 -1945         ALSO KOREA, MALAYA,
WAR                              VIETNAM CAMPAIGNS

Left Side Inscription

HONOUR ROLL

(NAME)

(Lower Plaque)
3790506 PRIVATE
LAWRENCE RODNEY
SHEPHERD BORN 1946
FIRST BATTALION
THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT
KILLED IN ACTION
SOUTH VIETNAM 13TH MAY 1968

"DUTY FIRST"
 

Back Inscription

HONOUR ROLL
(NAMES)

Right Side Inscription

HONOUR ROLL
(NAMES)

Source: RSLV,SKP, VWHI, MA
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