100 years of Rose Park Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial

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On Peace Day, 19 July 1919, a crowd gathered at Alexandra Avenue to acknowledge the fallen soldiers of the First World War. As part of the ceremony, relatives were invited to plant a tree along the Avenue in honour of their lost loved ones. The choice of tree is particularly poignant – a living, evergreen memorial that must be maintained by those who come after.

The Rose Park Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial commemorates the brave sacrifice of those who served from the Burnside District. The 86 names listed on the Memorial honour the men who fell. Each name illustrates the tragedy of war.

The iconic statue, ‘Over The Top’, sculpted by Australian artist C Web Gilbert was unveiled to much local fanfare in 1924. The statue features a soldier going ‘Over the Top’ from the trenches, offering a helping hand to a mate, referencing the spirit of mateship that is commonly associated with Australian forces in the First World War.

A ceremony will be held to recognise the 100 years of the Rose Park Fallen Soldier’s Memorial.

All welcome to attend from 2 pm at the corner of Alexandra Avenue and Prescott Terrace, Rose Park.

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