Ceno­taph finds its place of re­flec­tion

The Advertiser - - NEWSEWS - TIM LLOYD

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.

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