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24-July-2013
24-July-2013

Photographs supplied by Bryan Cole

Morphett Vale War Memorial commemorates Australian servicemen and women who have served in conflicts in which Australia has been involved. Also known as the Eternal Flame, the centrepiece of the memorial is the obelisk which was originally erected to commemorate those who served in World War One with the names of those served in World War Two added to the memorial at a later date. The obelisk was originally unveiled in October 1919. The memorial was restored and rededicated in 2005.

The memorial, provides a reminder of the sacrifice and service of Australia’s service people from the Boer War, in the late 1890s, to our nation’s more recent involvement in the Gulf Wars and peacekeeping forces around the world. The memorial was completed and dedicated in April 2005 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Australian servicemen’s landing at Gallipoli.

The high-tech memorial includes a water feature and a high-tech lighting system to create a subtle ‘eternal flame’ effect. Three six-metre high flagpoles at the memorial symbolise the contribution of Australia’s army, navy and air force during the past century. A fourth, larger flagpole, permanently flies the Australian flag. The garden includes sand from the beach at Gallipoli, a lone pine planted propagated from stock at Gallipoli and rosemary plants. A local resident donated several laurel trees which have significance in the remembrance of past sacrifices. The Memorial Gardens will provide a focal point, where the community and visitors can gather to remember Australians who have served their nation defending democracy and personal freedom. This revitalised memorial provides for iconic gatherings such as ANZAC Day ceremonies or less formal observances.

 

Location

Address:Main South & Flaxmill Roads, Morphett Vale, 5162
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.126616
Long: 138.523139
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:W. Laycock (obelisk)

Dedication

Front Inscription

ERECTED IN HONOR
[ Names ]

VICTORIOUS PEACE BY FAVOUR OF GOD THRO` VALOR & SACRIFICE.
1914 - 1919

Left Side Inscription

Plaque :

Dedicated to the woman of Australia who answered their country`s call at home and abroad during times of conflict

From the RSL Woman`s Auxiliaries

Plaque :

100 Years of ANZAC

The spirit lives 2014 - 2018

Dedicated by the RSL ANZAC Youth Vigil in the South
24th April 2015

Right Side Inscription

[ Names ]

1939 - 1945 
 

Source: MA,TOH
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