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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall commemorates those who died in service or were killed in action between 1962 and 1973 during the Vietnam War. The wall lists the names of 17 Tasmanians who lost their lives in the conflict. The wall also contains on its north side a free-standing white marble cross known as the Long Tan Cross.

The original Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall because of its location near the sea, was suffering from calcification deposits that could no longer be cleaned off the brick and mortar without causing damage.  To stop the degradation the Devonport RSL Club and the Devonport City Council, in consultation with the Vietnam Veterans developed and approved plans for  a new Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall. A curve was created in the new wall to enable the wreath laying ceremony to be held directory in front of people attending memorial services.

Australia's military involvement in the Vietnam War began with the arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) in South Vietnam during July and August 1962.  Australia's participation in the war was formally declared at an end when the Governor-General issued a proclamation on 11 January 1973.

However, the end-date of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War has officially been amended to 29 April 1975 to reflect Australia’s further involvement in the war during the fall of Saigon in 1975.  The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra now recognise this new date.

Note : the “Tasmanian War Memorials Data Base” , compiled by Fred Thornett which is located at the State Library of Tasmania, contains a comprehensive listing of the names on this monument.


Address:Victoria Parade & Bluff Road, Bluff Road Coastal Reserve, Devonport, 7310
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.166081
Long: 146.364883
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:03-August-1962
Approx. Event End Date:1973


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 2nd October, 1993
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Those Tasmanians who paid the supreme sacrifice
1962 - 1973.

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Lest We Forget


Source: MA,SKP,TWM
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