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The sculpture commemorates the migrants from Finland who settled in the Sunshine Coast area. 

In the early 20th century, Finnish settlers came to the region; many from a failed commune on Malcolm Island in Georgia Straight.  Others came directly from Finland.   The decision to live on the Sunshine Coast was largely influenced by their philosophy of living off the land.  Many of the Finnish settlers moved to the settlement in upper Gibsons Landing shortly after the 1906 Madden fire.  By 1914, there were approximately 14-18 Finnish families on the coast, about 100 people – a substantial portion of the total population of the Coast at the time!
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Address:Finland Road, Finnish Memorial Park, Marcoola, 4564
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.605373
Long: 153.072568
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Landscape
Artist:Martii Vaananen (Kiiminki, Finland)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 6th April, 1997
Front Inscription

1896 - 


Inscription in Finnish

Back Inscription

Park Committee

Martti Moisander, Paavo Mantyla, Veikko Nieminen 

Thanks to the following persons, organisations and companies who have made monetary donations towards the Memorial and Park, which has made it possible for us to make this Finnish Memorial Park and Memorial

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This memorial was designed and made by artist Martii Vaananen of Kiiminki Finland.

The unveiling of the memorial was performed by the Finnish Ambassador Esko Hamilo on 6th April 1997.

Source: MA
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