Lest We Forget

November 11, 2016

Arch of Victory

Local Girl Guides have learnt about Remembrance Day at an ideal location – Ballarat’s iconic Arch of Victory.

girl-guides-arch-of-victoryThe Arch was added as a grand entrance to the Avenue of Honour, and was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1920.

Bruce Price, a proud relative of those involved in the projects, told the girls about

  • the 22km Avenue of Honour, the longest commemorative avenue in Australia
  • the role of the Lucas Girls
  • the Memorial Rotunda and the Roll of Honour
  • the Avenue of Honour overpass
  • the Arch of Victory

Garden of the Grieving Mother

The current project of the Arch of Victory / Avenue of Honour Committee involves creating a new memorial in the Arch of Victory precinct.  The feature will be the Grieving Mother statue, created by eminent sculptor Peter Corlett OAM.  We were shown a replica of the statue and could see that construction was underway on the corner block.

This new area will allow visitors to think about the effects of World War 1 on the mothers, fathers and families who were left at home.  Of the 3801 people memorialised in the Avenue of Honour, 744 were killed. Many were wounded, and all were effected.

archofvictoryconstruction

 

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