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A tombstone erected over the grave commemorates Mrs Annie Whitelaw who lost four of her six sons in World War One. The tombstone was erected to pay tribute to a mother's sacrifice.

Annie Whitelaw was the mother of six sons all of whom enlisted in World War One. Three of her sons were killed in action and one later died at home of wounds he received in action overseas.

There is a perception that the Briagolong community, sensitive to her loss and conscious of her feelings, installed a roller blind above the Honour Roll in the Mechanics Institute, which could be drawn down whenever Annie visited the Institute, sparing her the distress of her loss.   

When Linda Barraclough was researching the history of the Insitute with Dorothy Watt in the 1990's, an explanation provided by one person who thought there may have been a blind installed so Annie did not have to see the roll. She is known to have watched ANZAC Day parades from a distance, sitting in her buggy and crying, unable to bear attending them.

So whether the blinds on the honour roll were installed for her is problematic, but it is still the best and only explanation there is.


Address:Cemetery Road, Cemetery, Briagolong, 3860
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.856569
Long: 147.090039
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
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Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 21st August, 1927
Front Inscription

In grateful rememberance of Annie Whitelaw
Died 5th april 1927 Aged 64 years

The mother of six sons who served in the Great War 1914-1919
Four of whom Bob, Ken, Ivan and Angus paid the supreme sacrifice

"Happy is she who can die with the thought that in the hour of her country`s need she gave her utmost."  (Conan Doyle)

Erected by the Maffra Repatriation Com.

Source: MA
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