Cenotaph finds its place of reflection
THE sudden removal of the Dardanelles Cenotaph from the south Parklands has upset Unley and southwest city residents.
The cenotaph was erected in September 1915, as news slowly filtered home of the growing bloodbath in Gallipoli.
Importantly, it was not only commissioned and sponsored by Unley-based master builder Walter Torode but paid for by the local residents, mostly the women of Unley, through the Wattle Day League.
Locals say there was no community consultation when the cenotaph was suddenly removed from its site last month in the southwest Parklands off South Tce.
This week it was surrounded by construction fencing as it was being set in its new position at the northern end of the Anzac Walk on Kintore Ave for tomorrow’s Remembrance Day.
Southwest city resident and historian David Faber said the Unley is severed. The cenotaph as a place of reflection, along with the other military connections, are taken from where they belong.
“Southwest city residents weren’t consulted at all by the State Government or the council.”
The cenotaph is inscribed to “Australasian soldiers, Dardanelles, April 25th, 1915”.
“As these words attest, the cenotaph was dedicated while the Anzacs were still at Gallipoli but before either of these household names had entered the Australian consciousness,” Dr Faber said.
The move has upset South Ward candidate and southwest city resident Keiran Snape.
“The monument has a long and significant connection to the local area,” he said.
The move ignored the objections of the Unley Council, which has long community connections to the cenotaph.
It was erected in part to honour “Unley’s Own”, the 27th Battalion, which landed at Gallipoli.
NEW HOME: The Cenotaph is now on Kintore Ave, city.