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06-October-2013 (Arthur Garland)
06-October-2013 (Arthur Garland)

Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland / Graeme Saunders

This monument initially commemorated those Tasmanians who served in World War One. The inscription on the monument employs the dates 1914-1919 rather than 1914-1918. This anomaly was not uncommon and was presumably influenced by the date of the Versailles Treaty (28 June 1919) and the period of active service rather than the actual cessation of hostilities in November 1918.

The Cenotaph was designed by Hobart architects, Hutchison and Walker, whose design won first prize in a public competition conducted in early 1923. Their design was for a 65 feet (19.8m) high obelisk, but it was decided to increase the height of the monument by 10 feet (3.05m). The site of the Cenotaph was selected for its prominence both to the city and the River Derwent. It is axially aligned with Macquarie Street, the city’s major civic thoroughfare.

The stepped plinth of the monument, approximately 8 metres square, is bluestone and the obelisk itself is constructed of exfoliated (unpolished) light grey granite. The shaft of the obelisk is tapered and has chamfered edges. The capping is stepped, and the apex is finished with a shallow pyramidal cap. Near the top, apertures are cut in each face, in the form of Latin (Christian) crosses, and these are glazed with red coloured opaque glass and back illuminated.

A casket of solid zinc, containing the names of 522 Tasmanians who died in the Great War, was placed in the base of the Memorial on ANZAC Day 1925. No individual names are recorded on the exterior of the Cenotaph. A bronze wreath of native laurel is located near the lower part of the obelisk shaft on the north-west face. Other bronze work includes the horizontally fluted panels at the base of the shaft, six rosettes on each side of the obelisk base and flag holders (arranged in groups of three) on three sides of the obelisk shaft.

On each of the four faces of the obelisk base are the crests of service organizations, cast in bronze: Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, Australian Commonwealth Military Forces and Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (added in 1991).

Location

Address:Tasman Highway , Hobart, 7000
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.877893
Long: 147.336515
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Actual Event STart Date:
Actual Event End Date:
Monument Manufacturer:Hutchison and Walker (Hobart, TAS)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 13th December, 1925
Front Inscription

THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919
1939 - 1945

LEST WE FORGET

THE KOREAN WAR.

THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY.

THE INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION.

THE VIETNAM WAR.

PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS

Right Side Inscription

The Gulf War
Afghanistan
Iraq

Source: MA,SKP,TWM
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