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The Hector Vasyli memorial commemorates an eleven year old newspaper boy who was killed in 1918 when welcoming home soldiers.

Hector did lots of patriotic work for returned soldiers during the war, and supposedly gave gifts of cigarettes to returned soldiers and participated in many of the welcome home parades in the city. He lost his life in one of these parades when a vehicle swerved suddenly and hit him. He died from a fractured skull.

The unveiling of the Hector Vasyli memorial tablet will take place next Sunday afternoon, at 3.30, on the south side of Victoria bridge, and the general public are invited to be present. The ceremony will be performed by the Mayor of South Brisbane (Alderman P. Forrest), who, it is announced, will be supported by the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Association, the Hellenic Greek Association, the Anglican Church Mission, and representatives of the various churches. The returned soldiers who are taking part are asked to meet at the General Post Offlce at 3 o'clock, and march with the Military band, under the command of Lieutenant Grant Hanlon, and the various branches of the Baden Powell Boy Scouts are also asked to assemble at the same time, and march in procession to the service.
The Brisbane Courier (Qld), 3 December 1918.


Address:Stanley Street, Arch of old Queen Victoria Bridge, South Brisbane, 4101
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.471667
Long: 153.024722
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Designer:Daphne Mayo


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 8th December, 1918
Front Inscription

(brass image of a boy`s head)
Near This Spot As A Result Of
A Lamentable Accident Whilst
Welcoming Returned Soldiers, 
Was Killed 9th June 1918
        Aged 11 years.
During His Brief Sojourn On Earth
He Devoted Much Of His Time To
Patriotic Work For Australian
Soldiers During The Great
       European War.
In His Veins Ran The Heroic Blood
Of Greece And In The Breast Of A 
Child He Carried The Heart Of A Man.
This Tablet Was Erected By
The Returned Sailors And Soldiers
Imperial League, Hellenic (Greek)
Association, And Citizens Of Brisbane.

Source: NRUM,MA
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