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Last man and last shilling monument
Last man and last shilling monument

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The monument commemorates the "Last Man and Last Shilling " speech by made byAndrew Fisher.

Two historic speeches were given on consecutive nights in Colac in 1914 by the then Federal opposition leader, Andrew Fisher, and followed the next night by Prime Minister Joseph Cook.

The two speeches declared Australia`s commitment to follow Britain into World War One, with Fisher declaring "Australia will stand by the mother country to our last man and our last shilling" and Cook`s famous reiteration that "If the old country is at war, so are we."


Address:Princes Highway, Memorial Square, Colac, 3250
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.339444
Long: 143.589181
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:31-July-1914
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Actual Event End Date:31-July-1914


Front Inscription

"To The Last Man And Last Shilling".

This early expression of the ANZAC tradition originated in a speech delivered in Colac by Andrew Fisher then Leader of the Federal Opposition on 31st July 1914

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Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au