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World War One Memorial : 24-April-2013
World War One Memorial : 24-April-2013

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A monument commemorates the servicemen from Alphington who served in World War One.

Monument characteristics :

A grey obelisk with gold lettering, and on top is a marble statue of a World War One soldier.

The residents of Alphington are erecting in the local park a memorial to the soldiers who enlisted from that district. In order to have a full and complete list the names of those already obtained are published in the advertising columns of "The Age" today. The secretary would be glad to obtain additional names or rectify errors. The memorial is to cost £600. The committee is arranging for the unveiling ceremony to take place during September. 
Age (Melbourne), 19 July 1921.


In unveiling at Alphington yesterday a memorial containing the names of 105 soldiers who had gone from the district to the war, 24 of whom had been killed. His Excellency the Governor General (Lord Forster) said that he did not think that any one could doubt for a moment the loyalty of the great mass of the Australian people. Deeds were stronger than words, and by their deeds in and since the will the people of Australia had placed beyond doubt of question the genuineness of the loyalty which animated them. There might be some who took a different view. It was true that there were in every quarter of the Dominions people who were not loyal. That was not a matter in which Australia was singular but it could not be said of the great mass of the people. It was right and fitting that both the names of those who survived as well as of those who were dead should be held in hallowed memory. There might be some among them who were carrying the burden of sorrow. To them both Lady Forster and himself could bring true understanding and sympathy. They knew what it had meant to lose one of their own in the war. As the men they wished to commemorate had died for Australia and the Empire, so should they who held them in memory live for Australia and the Empire. (Applause)

On the motion of Mr. Cain, M L A , and Mr Kiernan, M L C , a vote of thanks was given to His Excellency and Lady Forster for their attendance. It was stated by the shire president (Councillor C. Hannah), who presided, that it was the first time in the history of Alphington that a Governor General had visited them. He hoped that it would not be the last.
Argus (Melbourne), 26 September 1921.

Location

Address:Riverview Grove, Alphington Park, Alphington, 3078
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.782394
Long: 145.030113
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 25th September, 1921
Front Inscription

      Erected
By The Residents
           In
Grateful Remembrance
Of The Men Of

Alphington
Who Fought In The
Great War 1914 - 1919.
May We Be Worthy Of Them

Was Unveiled
By His Excellency Lord Forster P.C. G.C.M.G.
Governor General Of Australia
On 25th September 1921

Left Side Inscription

In memoriam 
[ Names ]

Back Inscription

[ Names ]

Right Side Inscription

[ Names ]

Source: MA,VMR,SKP
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