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The memorial was erected by the French Government to honour the memory of the Australians who lost their lives in France during World War One. Two special representatives of the French Government came to Canberra for the ceremony - General Zinovi Pechkoff (son of Maxim Gorki), as the envoy of General de Gaulle, and General Apfert, commander of the French Pacific Forces.

Monument characteristics :

The monument is a stone masonry column six metres high surmounted by a winged figure in gilded bronze, symbolic of Victory.

The Prime Minister, Mr. Menzies, will unveil a French-Australian 1914-18 War Memorial at the French Embassy next Friday. The French Government has sent Russian-born General Zinovi Pechkoff to Australia as its representative at the ceremony. The 15ft. stone memorial is inscribed with 12 French battlefields on which many Australians died in World War 1. They are Armentieres, Fromelles, Hazebrouck, Pozieres, Bullecourt, Amiens, Dernancourt, Villers - Bretonneux, Somme, Mont St. Quentin, Hargicourt and Bellicourt.
The Canberra Times (ACT), 22nd July 1961.

Location

Address:6 Perth Avenue, French Embassy, Yarralumla, 2600
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.305197
Long: 149.117217
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
Monument Manufacturer:Desmaret & Bizette-Lindet (France)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 28th July, 1961
Front Inscription

Aux Australiens qui sont tombés sur la terre de France en souvenir de leur sacrifice pour la liberté des peuples 1914-1918"

To those Australians who fell on French soil, in memory of their sacrifice for the freedom of all peoples

Left Side Inscription

VILLERS-BRETONNEUX DERNANCOURT MONT ST QUENTIN SOMME HARGICOURT BELLICOURT

Right Side Inscription

ARMENTIERES FROMELLES HAZEBROUCK POZIERES BULLECOURT AMIENS

Source: MA,SKP
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