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The memorial commemorates the centenary of Armistice and those who served in World War One. 

On the 9th November 2017, the Board of the Club submitted a grant application for funding from the Armistice Centenary Grant Program managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. We did this with the support of the Hon Stuart Robert, our Federal Member. The Program was established by the Federal Government to provide grants for community based projects to commemorate the end of the First World War.

On the 27th June 2018 we received confirmation of $50,000 toward our Armistice Memorial.

We received immediate support from the real estate company, Mulpha Sanctuary Cove, and were offered an island in the middle of a lake at the entrance to Sanctuary Cove.

The architectural company DBI Design created pro bono concept drawings and costings. We then needed to raise $150,000 to start work and make the Armistice Memorial a true icon for the Hope Island Community. We are proud to say with sponsorship and fundraising we have achieved our goal.

Our Rotary Club Memorial Committee guided the project and building process. The community became involved and named the lake Reflection Lake and the island, Memorial Island. There is a causeway linking the island to the mainland giving access.

The completed project visually enhances the entrance to Sanctuary Cove especially at night when the bridge, pathways and Memorial are floodlit.

Timber bollards form a big circle around the Memorial with community-dedicated plaques on the top of the bollards to honour family members.
The Rotary Club of Hope Island, 10 November 2019. 

The Armistice of 11 November 1918 was the armistice that ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War One between the Allies and their opponent, Germany.  It came into force at 11 a.m. Paris time on 11 November 1918 ("the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month") and marked a victory for the Allies and a defeat for Germany, although not formally a surrender. It bought to an end four years of brutal conflict which took the lives of almost 62,000 Australians.

The actual terms, largely written by the Allied Supreme Commander, Marshall Ferdinand Foch, included the cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of German forces to behind the Rhine, Allied occupation of the Rhineland and bridgeheads further east, the preservation of infrastructure, the surrender of aircraft, warships, and military material, the release of Allied prisoners of war and interned civilians, eventual reparations, no release of German prisoners and no relaxation of the navalblockade of Germany.

Although the armistice ended the fighting, it needed to be prolonged three times until the Treaty of Versailles which was signed on 28 June 1919, took effect on 10 January 1920.


Address:The Address , Memorial Island, Reflection Lake , Hope Island, 4212
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.861842
Long: 153.351663
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:11-November-1918
Actual Event End Date:11-November-2018
Designer:DBI Design


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:November-2019
Source: MA,DVA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au