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The honour roll commemorates 518 tramway men who enlisted in World War One. The roll shows the names of the 71 who died on active service, and a bound volume of Record of Service housed in a small glass-fronted panel at the bottom of the board contains the names of the men who had served, and those who received awards for conspicuous gallantry.

The Premier (Mr. Lawson) unveiled yesterday the board at the offices of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramway Board erected in honour of 518 tramway men who enlisted, 71 of whom fell on service abroad, and 18 of whom received awards for conspicuous gallantry. The board is of artistic design in blackwood, and is erected on the main stairway to the administrative offices. It was designed by Mr. H. B. Herbert. In the presence of members of the board and officers of the administrative staff, Mr. Lawson unveiled the memorial.

The record of their services, he said, showed that tramwaymen, who spent their lives in giving public service, had done valiantly in rendering the greatest of all services on foreign fields. The memorial would stand for all time to remind us that only by living up to the ideals for which these brave men died could we achieve the fruits of the victory they had won. Germany had lost the war, but stood to win the subsequent economic conflict if we by our indifference and neglect, and our division into sects and factions, failed to remain steadfast to those ideals of courage, loyalty, and truth. 
Argus (Melbourne), 9 November 1921.

Note: The museum is located within the Malvern Tram Depot precinct in Stanhope Street in the former De La Salle school.


Address:Stanhope Street, Malvern Tramways Museum, Armadale, 3143
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.857896
Long: 145.027065
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Honour Roll
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Designer:Mr H. B. Herbert


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 8th November, 1921
Source: VWHI, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au