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Marrickville Remembers

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Marrickville Remembers

Marrickville Remembers

'How one can live through this I do not know. Without any exaggeration there is not one yard of ground untouched by shell. No wonder men are demoralised by this perfect hell.' <br />–Geoffrey Bell Hughes of Marrickville, 29 July 1916 from Pozieres

“How one can live through this I do not know. Without any exaggeration there is not one yard of ground untouched by shell. No wonder men are demoralised by this perfect hell.”

–Geoffrey Bell Hughes of Marrickville, 29 July 1916 from Pozieres

Former Mayor Clr Jo Haylen with a scale model of the new Winged Victory

Former Mayor Clr Jo Haylen with a scale model of the new Winged Victory

The restored original Winged Victory at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

The restored original Winged Victory at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Mayor Clr Mark Gardiner plants a direct descendent of the Gallipoli Lone Pine at Camperdown Park in November as part of commemorations

Mayor Clr Mark Gardiner plants a direct descendent of the Gallipoli Lone Pine

ANZAC gates at Petersham Park

ANZAC gates at Petersham Park

Marrickville Council commemorated the ANZAC Centenary through Marrickville Remembers, the most significant series of events ever undertaken by Council.

The program included a commemorative march, historical exhibition, new public art, and the unveiling of the refurbished forecourt and a new Winged Victory.

 

Commemorative March, Anzac Service and Civic Reception

Marrickville Road (from Victoria Street to Petersham Road) and Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville
Sunday 19 April 2015, 10am – 3pm

Marrickville will mark the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli with a commemorative march and free public event on Sunday 19 April 2015.

The procession along Marrickville Road will culminate in the unveiling of the new Winged Victory on the forecourt of the newly refurbished Marrickville Town Hall forecourt.

Official proceedings will be followed by complementary refreshments and opening of the Marrickville Soldiers historical exhibition inside Marrickville Town Hall.

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Marrickville Soldiers Exhibition

Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road
19 April, 11.30am – 5pm
20–29 April, 10am – 4pm

Marrickville Soldiers explores the lives of local soldiers in WWI. The exhibition will run 19 to 29 April and include a series of free talks, tours and performances over the ten days in Marrickville Town Hall.

A World War II Memorial

Council has also unanimously voted to install a permanent memorial to all local World War II veterans. Council resolved as far back as 2008 to establish the memorial, and in September 2013, $70,000 was allocated to the project.

New Winged Victory

In June 2014, Marrickville Council announced that Meridian, Australia's premier fine art foundry, would manufacture the new Winged Victory sculpture to a design by artist Peter Corlett and Darien Pullen.

Marrickville Council invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced artist/s, a bronze foundry team, and conservators to create and install a cast bronze interpretation of the original Winged Victory statue.

In the new interpretation the sword has been lowered in a gesture of peace.

In 1962, the original statue was removed for repairs. It was restored and returned to its position outside Marrickville Town Hall in 1988 as part of Council’s Bicentennial Program.

In September 2008 concerns were raised over the general condition of the Winged Victory after significant cracks were identified. The sculpture was then removed to minimise public risk.

The original has become the focal point of the new World War I Galleries at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The Australian War Memorial has implemented a conservation strategy to ensure Winged Victory's restoration and ongoing care.

Using funds awarded under the Australian Government's Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program, Council has also restored the Soldiers' War Memorial at the base of the Winged Victory.

Gallipoli Lone Pine

Already, Council has planted a direct descendant of the Gallipoli Lone Pine at Camperdown Park in November as part of the commemorations.

ANZAC Gates Refurbishment

At Petersham Park, Council will refurbish the ANZAC Gates and reconstruct the ANZAC pathway which extends from Brighton Street into the park. New signage will provide historical information on the Petersham Memorial Gun which once stood nearby. That gun, like others of its time, was melted down to create more armaments during World War II.