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Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

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The memorial grotto commemorates the United States of America rock and roll singer, Elvis Presley.

Commissioned by the President of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Australia in 1977, the Elvis Presley Memorial Garden is one of the cemetery’s largest memorials. The large monument consists of a large stone feature made of ragged rock. The cracks and crevasses in the stone are crammed with ferns and succulents meant to evoke the flora of Presley’s native Memphis. Tucked into a bend in the rock is a glossy black headstone carved with images of The King. 

Elvis Aaron Presley (1935 –1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country, blues, and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. He won three competitive Grammys, received the Grammy Lifetime Achivement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

Location

Address:College Crescent, Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton North, 3054
State:VIC
Area:Foreign
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.791667
Long: 144.962222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Foreigners
Monument Designer:A Giannarelli & Sons (Fitzroy)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 26th November, 1977
Front Inscription

Plaque:

          ELVIS


In Evergreen Memory 
            Of 
ELVIS ARON (sic) PRESLEY
Born Tupelo, Mississippi 8-1-1935
Died Memphis, Tennessee 16-8-1977

"In Gratitude, From The Millions
To Whom You gave So Much." 


A Tribute To A Man Who Contributed 
AARON ELVIS PRESLEY 
With the passing of PRESLEY an era passed with him.
This giant of entertainment gave to the world a special
kind of music that carved its way into the hearts of millions
of people, and in doing so created the musical evergreens
that will continued to be enjoyed by many generations to come.
WAYNE HAWTHORNE, President of the 
ELVIS PRESLEY FAN CLUB, Australia,
commissioned A.GIANNARELLI & SONS to design, 
construct and construct the monument, 
and JOHNNY O`KEEFE, AUSTRALIA'S KING OF ROCK "N" ROLL
unveiled the monument at 1.00pm. Saturday, 26th November 1977. 
                   
                     PRESLEY

Source: MA
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