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Commissioned by the Turkish Sub-Branch of the Victorian Returned Services League, the sculpture includes two hand-carved granite seed cones, a pine from Turkey and a casuarina from Australia, to represent the fallen, the seeds of friendship and the future. Integrating Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's famous words of reconciliation, the sculpture also features a filigreed wreath of stainless steel for placing remembrance poppies.
|Address:||Birdwood Avenue, near Shrine of Remembrance, Kings Domain, Melbourne, 3000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.828239|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||04-August-1914|
|Actual Event End Date:||28-June-1919|
|Monument Designer:||Matthew Harding|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 13th April, 2015|
Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives ... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side ....
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries. Wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives they are now our sons as well.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk 1934
A monument to great hearted men, and for their nation - a possession forever. C.E.W. Bean c. 1922
Australia Turkish Friendship Memorial - Seeds of Friendship