Memorial plans revealed for 100th anniversary of Gallipoli landings

Burnie City Council has revealed plans of two memorial walls to be constructed at the Burnie cenotaph to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, commemorated on 25 April (ANZAC Day).

The two winged walls will also act as place for memorials to acknowledge past and future conflicts which are not yet recognised at the cenotaph.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow and Burnie RSL President Michael Davis today turned the first sod of the project.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “It is important that the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings is commemorated respectfully. Council is pleased to be able to fund the design and construction of the memorial walls as a contribution.”

Council together with the Burnie RSL will hold an official opening of the memorial walls on 31 March 2015 at 1pm, prior to the ANZAC Day ceremony and anniversary. At this same occasion the first addition to the memorial walls will be unveiled in recognition of Burnie born Australian solider Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird VC MG who was killed during operations in Afghanistan in June 2013.

Burnie RSL President Michael Davis said, “The memorial walls will be a fitting addition to the cenotaph as an opportunity to commemorate the landings at Gallipoli 100 years ago, and also a place to commemorate all military engagements, peacekeeping, and peacemaking since. The Burnie RSL Sub Branch is ever grateful for the unison support of the Burnie City Council in our commemorative activities.”

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM will officially open and unveil the memorial walls and plaques on 31 March 2015. The family of Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird VC MG will be in attendance. Local schools will be invited and the community are encouraged to attend the project opening and plaque reveal.

For further information please contact

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

Email: ldobson@burnie.net