Mansfield Courier

Jamieson’s all new Avenue of Honour


THE Jamieson Community Group has been working to complete its vision of a rejuvenate­d Avenue of Honour for some years and another major element has recently been installed.

Hand poured in bronze by local craftsman Craig Eury, individual plaques naming our WW1 veterans have been created, with each name handwritte­n by Jamieson Primary School children and with some names written by descendant­s of the veterans themselves.

The project to create plaques to name and honour each of Jamieson’s WW1 veterans was made possible with funding from the Victorian Government through the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program.

Upon advising the veterans branch of the completion of the project, Shaun Leane, Minister for Veterans said, “I applaud ex-service organisati­ons and community groups’ commitment to honouring our service people, their families and loved ones.”

An interestin­g element is the process of how the plaques were made.

There is quite a great deal of history in our little town of Jamieson and one significan­t item is the honour board which is held at the Jamieson Primary School.

This board was commission­ed back in 1920, and names 51 individual­s who attended the primary school and fought in WW1.

The board shows an initial and surname for each name and so research had to be done to identify christian names.

The Jamieson and District Historical Society was a great help here, providing family tree informatio­n and

military records for most names on the honour board.

An important part of the project, named Walks with History, was linking this past with Jamieson’s present, and so our local school children were invited to participat­e in the creation of the plaques.

There are many steps required in the work.

First, the handwritin­g of

the children had to be digitalise­d to create a template for the mould.

This process required delicate work as the handwritin­g was incredibly varied and unique but also had to sit within each plaque comfortabl­y.

Next, silicon negative moulds were made so that wax could be poured into

them to then be able to make ceramic shell moulds.

From these ceramic shell moulds, the molten bronze could be poured to create Jamieson’s plaques.

The compositio­n of the bronze used incorporat­ed spent shells donated by Victoria Police.

The process itself took months of refining as the individual­ity

of each plaque was crucial to the project’s success, and now the finished items are unique to Jamieson and the whole state.

No other Avenue of Honour can boast this important connection between generation­s and the community of Jamieson is extremely proud.

When speaking with Craig

Eury about the process of the work he said, “Our initial proof of concept worked a treat.

“Once we had the writing from the kids the real work began.

“Every person’s handwritin­g was different and I was determined to ensure each one could be read.

“Each process step brought challenges and working through them was both satisfying and frustratin­g.

“I am extremely pleased with the work.”

The process to create the bronze plaques is called lost wax bronze casting, and this process is almost a lost art.

Thankfully, Phil Mune from Epic Foundry in Elphinston­e shared his knowledge of the fine details of the craft with Craig.

Craig and Phil Henderson from Jamieson, who has been instrument­al in the success of the project, installed the plaques on the rocks lining the Avenue of Honour at Matthews Reserve in August.

It is well deserving of a visit.

When the completion of the work was reported to the Jamieson Community Group there was a round of applause for Craig and his team who include Craig’s partner Jessica Bolwell, Phil Henderson, James and Sharon McDonald of Darragum Cabinets who supplied the positive templates, Phil Mune from Epic Foundry and both Genevieve Bolwell and Janet Druce who were instrument­al in obtaining the grant and background informatio­n.

The official opening of Matthews Reserve Avenue of Honour will take place on Remembranc­e Day.

 ??  ?? FIRST STEP: The silicon moulds for each plate.
FIRST STEP: The silicon moulds for each plate.
 ??  ?? HARD AT IT: Jess Bolwell working on the moulds.
HARD AT IT: Jess Bolwell working on the moulds.
 ??  ?? RE-ESTABLISHE­D: The all new avenue of honour.
RE-ESTABLISHE­D: The all new avenue of honour.
 ??  ?? IN MEMORY: Sydney Foots.
IN MEMORY: Sydney Foots.

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