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Victory Park was officially opened by Air Vice Marshall W.D. Bostock C.B., D.S.O., O.B.E., on the 4th November 1949 as a memorial to those who died in service or were killed in action during World War Two.

Name plates in memory of the six men who gave their lives were placed on established trees in the park. The name plates are now on a memorial stone. 

The park opening and unveiling ceremony will be held at the Goorambat Public Hall on Friday. 28th October, at 2.30 p.m. It is hoped that there will be a large attendance of district residents present.
Benalla Ensign (Vic),  21 October 1949.


"VICTORY PARK" AND HONOR ROLL There was a very large attendance of local and district residents at Goorambat on Friday afternoon, when two impressive ceremonies were held to mark the opening of the "Victory Park"-a very fitting memorial to those who had made the supreme sacrifice-and the unveiling of the Honor Roll, comprising 62 names, six of which had paid the supreme sacrifice. The Park was officially opened by Air Vice-Marshall W. D. Bostock, C.B.. D.S.O., O.B.E., and the unveiling of the Honor Roll by Captain Clive Nason, a P.O.W. with some who had lost their lives. No greater public spiritedness or co-operation can be more exemplified in any part of the Empire than the small community of Goorambat. This was shown in both wars. The creation three years ago of the "Victory Park"--an area of land adjoining the public hall in which are planted trees to commemorate the lives of six who had paid the supreme sacrifice--was another example of their spontaneous reaction to pay homage to those whom they loved. Like on other occasions, leadership of Cr. H. H. Wallace who acted as chairman on Friday last. The ornamental gateway, surmounted by an archway of silvering letter "Victory Park." provided a very dignified entry into the park which is surmounted by a low brick wall and iron fencing. The well established trees carry name plates in memory of six men who gave their lives, they being J. G. Groats. L. W. Heaney, E. T. L. Osborne. R. H. Osborne, E. M. Palmer and F. Peck. Among those present were the Mayor and Mayoress (Cr. F. R. and Mrs. Harrison). Shire President (Cr. M. G. r. Meadows) and Mrs. Meadows. and officers of both the Borough and Shire Council and Councillors. An apology was received from Cr. P. J. Wiedemann.
Benalla Ensign (Vic.),  4 November 1949.

Location

Address:53 Halls Road , Goorambat, 3725
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.411336
Long: 145.922765
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Link:http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/vhd/…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 28th October, 1949
Front Inscription
VICTORY PARK
Source: MA,SKP,VWHI
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