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A memorial commemorates Australian servicemen and women who have served in all wars and conflicts. The memorial was originally erected in memory of those who lost their lives in World War One.
At the unveiling of the memorial in 1922, the Venerable Archdeacon Samwell S.C.F., explained to the gathering the symbolism of the memorial.
THE TABLETS form the central feature because they record the names of those men from the town and district who fell in the Great War. It is to perpetuate their memory that the monument has been raised.
THE STEPS which stand for God, King and Country, the motive on which their action rests.
THE FOUR PILLARS are raised above the record of their names, signifying the great principles they died to uphold, viz: (1) Righteousness; (2) Justice; (3) Freedom and (4) Peace. The pillars are bound together and protected by
THE CANOPY, which bears the emblem of the A.I.F. (commonly known as the "Rising Sun" ), this expresses the determination of Australia to maintain the four principles inculcated by the pillars. On the canopy rests
THE GLOBE representing the World. This teaches that while judgements of the nations comprising the world are firmly poised on the four great principles before mentioned, human-kind will dwell together in security and well-being. But there is a greater ideal in life than that suggested by these prudential considerations. That ideal is the highest point to which human nature is capable of attaining, and therefore places it above the Globe and forms the apex of the monument. It is
THE CROSS the symbol of self-sacrifice. Christ like they died that we might live. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
"They were His servants in His steps they trod, Following through death the martyred Son of God, Victor He rose; victorious too shall rise They who have drunk His cup of sacrifice."
Thus understood, the Monument will stand in that beautiful gardon as a perpetual witness to the bravery of the men in honour of whom It was erected, and also of the great principles for which they fought and died.
Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA), 24 October 1922.
|Address:||Commercial Street West & Wehl Street North, Vansittart Park, Mount Gambier, 5290|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.826261|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 1st October, 1922|
This memorial is erected by the people of the town and district in honour of their sons who died for King and country in the Great War 1914 - 1919
"Their name liveth for evermore"
In memory of those who paid the supreme sacrifice World War II 1939 - 1945
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In memory of those who fell in the Vietnam War 1962 - 1971 [ Names ]
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In memory of those service personnel who became prisoners of war in all theatres of conflict.
In memory of all those who served in the Malaya conflict 1948 - 1960
To commemorate the service to Australia of Militia, Citizen Military Forces and Army Reserves
In memory of all who served in the Korean War 1950 - 1953
In memory of all those who served in the Vietnam War 1962 - 1973
In memory of all who served as National Servicemen within and outside Australia 1951 - 1972
In memory of all who served in Borneo Confrontation 1961 - 1966