On 17 July 2015, At The Geelong Eastern Cemetery, The Geelong Cemeteries Trust Were Privileged To Unveil A Fitting Memorial For The ANZAC Centenary, With A Life Size Bronze Digger Statue, Memorial Plaques, And An Australian Flag Being The Focal Point Of The Memorial.
In early 2015, the Trust was fortunate to receive funding through the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program for this memorial, to acknowledge in perpetuity the 100 Year Anniversary of the First World War and the sacrifice that our past War Veterans have given to our community, state and nation.
The full memorial consisted of a simple design of bluestone paving, a full size flag pole, statue and two bronze plaques, all positioned at the side of the entrance to the Administration Office. Being of simple design, ensured that the relevance of the memorial was not lost in an over-designed development.
The Hon. Senator Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Special Minister of State, Liberal Senator for Victoria unveiled the memorial alongside the Local Federal Member for Corio and Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Richard Marles MP, on a very wet and cold morning.
Following this ceremony, all attendees braved the rain and followed the Piper to the War Grave’s section within the cemetery, where the Hon. Senator Michael Ronaldson, Richard Marles MP, and the Chairman for the Geelong Cemeteries Trust, Mr. Lynden Smith, planted a Lone Pine tree donated by the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of Victoria to commemorate the Centenary of the Landings at Gallipoli, in the garden adjacent to the War Grave’s section.