Tag Archive | ANZAC

A Walk to Remember

Square Perspectives Photo Challenge ~ Australian Landscapes #11

Destination: Newcastle, New South Wales

It’s hard to imagine that the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in Turkey and the multi-national mining company BHP would have anything in common, but the connection between the two goes all the way back to 1915.

The ANZAC forces, comprising troops from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, landed on the shore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, in what was to be an eight month campaign with more than 8000 Australian casualties. In the same year BHP, which was founded as a mining company in the outback town of Broken Hill in 1885, opened their first steel works in Newcastle.

It was this connection between two Australian legends which led to the construction of the Newcastle Memorial Walk. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, the 450 metre memorial walk passes over Strzelecki Headland, linking Bar Beach and King Edward Park. 64 tonnes of steel, manufactured and paid for by BHP, were used in the construction of the walkway.

Half way along the path, a bridge passes over the cliffs near the top of the headland. It is here the ANZACs are remembered. Striking silhouettes of servicemen and women line each side of the bridge.

Cut from steel, they are engraved with the names of 4000 regional families whose loved ones served during World War One. Steel plaques on the bridge tell the stories of their service.

The Memorial Walk is a permanent reminder of the sacrifices made in 1915.

 

While our travel plans are on hold I’m joining in every day with Becky‚Äôs July Square Perspectives Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme of perspective. My posts represent the definition of perspective as a vista – seeing something over distance or time. Also joining Jo’s Monday Walks.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Unique

Memorials to those who have served their country in war can be found everywhere in Australia, from the smallest hamlet to the capital cities. On some the list of names of the fallen is long while others remember just a few from the surrounding district. Every memorial is identical in that each records the names of soldiers lost in battle. The memorial at Legerwood in northern Tasmania is like any other in that respect, but the men of that town who made the ultimate sacrifice are remembered in a unique and moving display.

In 1918 the small town of Ringarooma Road, later renamed Legerwood, mourned the loss of seven fine young men, all killed in World War 1. On 15th October a remembrance ceremony was held at the railway reserve and seven trees were planted in their honour, as well as another tree at each end to commemorate Gallipoli and the Anzacs.

In 2001 the trees were assessed and the final report was heartbreaking for the community of Legerwood. The aging trees had grown too large and needed to be removed before they became a danger to the public. The townspeople refused to lose their memorial avenue altogether and in 2004 Eddie Freeman, a chainsaw carver from Ross, was commissioned to transform the trees.

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In 2005 Eddie carved a likeness of each soldier from the tree that originally bore his name and included details from his life before the war. George Peddle worked as a sawmill manager before he joined the army and is shown with a crosscut saw and an axe. He was 25 years old when he was killed in action at Passchendaele in 1917.

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John McDougall was a railway porter at the Ringarooma Road railway station. Aged 19, he was also killed in action at Passchendaele.

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William Hyde died of his wounds in France in 1916 at the age of 27. He had been a sawmill hand in Legerwood prior to enlisting in the Australian Infantry.

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Alan Andrews was helping to work the family farm before the war. He was killed in action at Pozieres in 1916, aged 19.

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The Anzac carving shows a soldier playing the bugle and is dedicated to all Australian soldiers who served in World War 1.

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Lest We Forget