Anzac Centenary Rose Garden unveiled


Cr Wainwright, Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt and Heritage Roses co-ordinator Lea Newing unveiled the commemorative garden plaque. Picture: David Baylis           d453226
Cr Wainwright, Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt and Heritage Roses co-ordinator Lea Newing unveiled the commemorative garden plaque. Picture: David Baylis         d453226

Heritage Roses in Australia planted 100 roses in the square’s memorial beds after receiving a federal Anzac Centenary grant.

Some of the roses were bred before 1918. Most were no longer commercially available and needed to be sourced from local and interstate gardens.

The City of Swan contributed funding to refurbish the garden beds and pergolas.

Mayor Mick Wainwright said the City was proud to be a part of the project.

“We have a beautiful community asset in Guildford Square, which is a place that has a long history in honouring our local servicemen and women,” he said.

“I congratulate Heritage Roses in Australia for the work they have done on this project, which is a valuable addition to the square.

“As we commemorate Anzac Day in years to come, the heritage roses will provide a poignant backdrop.”

DID YOU KNOW?

More than 400 men enlisted in Guildford and trained with the Artillery, 10th Light Horse, 13th Field Engineers, Signallers and Army Service Corps based at the Remount Depot, South Guildford.

The survivors returned home in 1919 and Guildford mourned the dead and began caring for the injured. Memorials were planned and service groups offered support to the widows and injured.

In 1929, the Guildford Municipal Council chose Stirling Square to establish memorials to the Anzacs.