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The Memorial Groves and Reflection Area are set aside in memory of those who died during the AIDS pandemic. A Reflection Area with a permanent stone sculpture and circular surround was built by the Council in 2001 as a focal point and gathering place. The dedication took place on 27 May 2001 unveiling a plaque by South Sydney Mayor John Fowler and project initiator Mannie De Saxe.

Originally planted to commemorate those who have died from AIDS, the project has grown to include plantings to commemorate gays, lesbian and transgender people who died as a result of violence.

In 1990, the South Sydney City Council acquired the property to turn it into a park. Having its own nursery established on the site, by 1992 the Council invited community groups to plant trees to help forming Sydney Park, as it was called.

At around this period, when many young people were dying from the AIDS epidemic, members of the gay community approached South Sydney City Council to be considered as a community group planting trees to commemorate people who had died of AIDS.

After 18 months, the Council approved the plan and on 15 May 1994 the first planting by the AIDS Memorial Groves group took place. Initially thought to be a one-off event, the Council arranged three plantings a year.
By 1996 the AIDS Memorial Groves group had planted on eight occasions and found a name for the Groves: SPAIDS - Sydney Park AIDS Memorial Groves.

When the park became fully laid out with trees grown to full height in 2004, community plantings were reduced to once a year taking place on National Tree Day which is usually the last Sunday in July.

By the end of 2007 about 8,000 trees had been planted, and 1,200 names recorded of people who have died of AIDS.

Location

Address:Sydney Park Road , Sydney Park, St Peters, 2044
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.908056
Long: 151.182222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Trees
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Pandemic
Link:http://www.acph.nicheit.com.au/

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 15th May, 1994
Front Inscription

[Plaque]
SPAIDS REFLECTION AREA
(Sydney Park AIDS Memorial Groves)
First planting 15 May 1994
This reflection area & surrounding groves are set aside in memory
of those who died during the AIDS pandemic.
THIS PLAQUE WAS UNVEILED BY
MAYOR, CR JOHN FOWLER
                 &
MANNE DE SAXE, INAGURAL CONVENOR OF SPAIDS
               ON
       27 MAY 2001

[Printed signage 2006]
Sydney Park Community
Tree Planting Project

AIDS
MEMORIAL
GROVES

This area has been progressively planted by volunteers
from the Sydney Park AIDS Memorial Groves Group
(SPAIDS) as a living memorial. Above these Groves
is the SPAIDS Reflection Area for contemplation in
memory of those who have died during the AIDS
pandemic.

Source: ACPH
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