Mount Hawthorn: Bus stop murals paint picture of conflict ahead of Centenary of Armistice

Rosewood community engagement manager Naomi Scott with Mount Hawthorn Primary School Year 3 students (l-r, rear) Gethin Rutter, Taj Herriot, Sonny Giddings and, (l-r, front), Lana Croome, Georgia Wood, Charlotte Page and artist Drew Straker.
Rosewood community engagement manager Naomi Scott with Mount Hawthorn Primary School Year 3 students (l-r, rear) Gethin Rutter, Taj Herriot, Sonny Giddings and, (l-r, front), Lana Croome, Georgia Wood, Charlotte Page and artist Drew Straker.

THE transformation of two inner-city bus shelters into Anzac and Centenary of Armistice memorials continues, with murals for the project painted by artist Drew Straker at Mount Hawthorn Primary School last week.

The Anzac Road and Kalgoorlie Street shelters have been rebuilt in the style of wartime dugouts by Australian and New Zealand army engineers.

The designs and the murals reflect on when the nations forces fought together in WWI between 1914and 1918 and the 1960s to 1972 Vietnam War, before the centenary of WWI’s Armistice on November 11

The Friends of Anzac Cottage-initiated project bringing new significance to the bus shelters is supported by Rosewood Aged Care, Bendigo Bank North Perth and the City of Vincent.

The Kalgoorlie Street bus stop tells of the Gallipoli Peninsula conflict in Turkey in 1915 , while the Anzac Road shelter recounts the Vietnam War.

“The students all know about Gallipoli and have enjoyed the process seeing the bus shelters come to life,” Mr Straker said.

Members of the WA Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia restored the nearby 1916-built cottage, which was a home for a returned wounded soldier and his family.

It now serves as a memorial to the Gallipoli landings by Anzac troops.

Rosewood community engagement manager Naomi Scott said the shelter’s revamp had brought generations together to reflect on the conflicts and the “amazing” icon of Anzac Cottage.

The revamp has also been used as an educational tool to tell the students about the conflicts and their impacts.

“Our students have been keenly interested in the revamp of the bus stops and have thoroughly enjoyed having Drew Straker as an artist-in-residence,” Mount Hawthorn Primary School associate principal Perisse Pitsikas said.

The bus stops will be opened this Sundayat 2pm, after members of the public meet at the nearby Britannia Road Reserve car park.