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12-December-2014
12-December-2014

Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland

A cairn commemorates Polish ex-servicemen who migrated to Australia and worked on Hydro Electricity Commission (HEC) projects.

After Poland was invaded by Germany, thousands of Poles joined the Polish government in exile in Britain. From there they were sent to serve in the Middle East with the British Army. In August-September 1941, the Polish Carputhian Brigade relieved the Australian Infantry Brigade at Tobruk. The first Polish Ex-servicemen, 280 men in uniform, to arrive in Tasmania to work for the HEC, were sponsored by the Rats of Tobruk Association, and participated in HEC projects between 1947 and 1985. Over the years about 2000 Poles worked for the HEC. In 1947 a quarter of the workforce were Poles.

Location

Address:Reatta Road, Trevallyn Dam, Recreation Park, Trevallyn, 7250
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.44757
Long: 147.08743
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Approx. Event Start Date:1947
Approx. Event End Date:1985
Monument Designer:Dick Frelek

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1986
Front Inscription

Erected to commemorate the contribution made by the Polish Ex-servicemen working on these projects

1947-1985

Source: MA,RUMT
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