Melville unveils new war memorial in time for Anzac service


War memorial The People was designed with extensive input from the Melville community.
War memorial The People was designed with extensive input from the Melville community.

A NEW war memorial located at Wireless Hill Park will be officially dedicated at its first Anzac service on Sunday, April 24.

Hosted by City of Melville and the Applecross RSL Sub-Branch, the new memorial, titled The People, will serve as a permanent landmark in commemoration of all men and women who have served in Australia’s defence.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said The People would replace the existing Clock Tower Memorial at Civic Square as the site for ceremonies.

“The City is thrilled to be able to present a new war memorial that honours those who served to help Australia during periods of conflict and it is our hope it will become an iconic place of remembrance for many generations to come,” he said.

“The new memorial allows large groups of people to come together and is a fully accessible site, but importantly has also been designed as a place for individual and quiet reflection, and in doing so ensures the site will suit the personal needs of everyone in our community.”

The People consists of nine double-sided steel blades standing vertically in a circular formation, with one side displaying a panoramic, original photograph from World War I .

The second side displays life-size silhouettes in Corten steel that represent various uniforms and disciplines formed by a pattern of meaningful text and poetry.

Illuminated by night, the inscription on the central circle element reads: “The people who serve to defend Australia are and were everyday people, ordinary men and women like you and me doing extraordinary things in extraordinary situations.”

One full, dedicated panel has the word “peace” written in a number of different languages spoken throughout the City.

A number of people were involved in developing design concepts, including the Applecross RSL Sub-Branch, students from City of Melville high schools and the local community.

In June 2015 the final design was voted on by high school students.

An open invitation from City of Melville and the Applecross RSL Sub-Branch is extended to the entire community for the new War Memorial’s Anzac Commemorative and Dedication Service on Sunday, April 24 beginning promptly at 10.30am.

Parking at Wireless Hill Park will be restricted on the day, so public transport, walking or cycling is encouraged.

A free shuttle bus will be in service departing regularly for Wireless Hill Park from Applecross Senior High School car park on Links Road and Leverburgh Street in Ardross from 9am.