Memorial event to commemorate 100th anniversary and Baird

Burnie commemorates ANZAC history with a new memorial project.

The community are encouraged to attend the unveiling of two memorial walls at the Burnie cenotaph to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings (officially celebrated on 25 April 2015) on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 at 1pm sharp.   

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow, “It is important that the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings is commemorated respectfully. The walls are designed to be a place for memorials to acknowledge past and future conflicts which are not already recognised at the cenotaph.

“The first plaque to be fixed to the memorial walls commemorates the 100 year anniversary. It acknowledges the loss that the families of Burnie suffered during those years and affirms as a community, that even 100 years on, we will remember them.”

Burnie City Council commissioned and installed the new memorial walls as an extension of the Cenotaph. 

Together with the Burnie RSL the official opening of the memorial walls will also mark the unveiling of a plaque and plinth in recognition of Burnie born Australian solider Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird VC MG who died during operations in Afghanistan in June 2013.

Burnie RSL President Michael Davis said, “The Burnie RSL Sub Branch is ever grateful for the unison support of the Burnie City Council in our commemorative activities.

“The day will be made all the more special with the family members of Corporal Baird in attendance. It has been a privilege to be involved in recognising the sacrifice he made.”

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM will officially open and unveil the memorial walls and plaques. Over 600 students from local schools will be attending and will receive a rhododendron plant (Burnie’s floral emblem) to be installed in their grounds as a lasting commemoration.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728