Our Goals

Anzac Parade is no longer the graceful boulevard it once was and its significance as a war memorial has been largely forgotten.​ We, the Daughters of ANZAC and their Families, urge all relevant parties to ensure the long-term survival of this historic memorial site.            

2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the naming of Anzac Parade and the unveiling of the Memorial Obelisk.  We, the Daughters of ANZAC and their Families, call upon the stakeholders of the Anzac Parade Memorial to help restore this site to its rightful place in the history of Australia.

 

The original intention for this Memorial, as stated by the Lord Mayor of Sydney in 1917, was that Anzac Parade would become a remembrance corridor from Moore Park to La Perouse.  We believe this commitment needs finally to be honoured.

We would like to see the following:

1. Completion of Anzac Parade Memorial

We are calling for the completion of the Anzac Parade Memorial by erecting a memorial at the La Perouse end.  We also call for the acknowledgment of the part played by the Aboriginal Australians who fought in WWI.

 

Anzac Parade was officially opened and named on 16th March 1917 by the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Meagher.  At the opening the Mayor, Alderman Meagher, said that eventually there would be a continuous thoroughfare over 6 miles long from Moore Park right to the La Perouse monument.  http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/1267626#

2. Restoration of the Memorial and Obelisk

We are calling for the restoration and preservation of the Anzac Parade Memorial and the entire memorial corridor.  We believe Anzac Parade should be restored, as far as is possible, to reflect the intent of the original vision.
We also believe that the Memorial Obelisk, or a replica, belongs near its original location, on the Parade itself, as a mark of respect to the memory of the one in five who did not return.

The Anzac Parade Memorial comprises Anzac Parade, the Memorial Grove of Trees and the Anzac Parade Memorial Obelisk.  The Memorial Obelisk has recently been relocated to Moore Park east.  The Parklands on either side were the site of significant events during and after WWI.

 

3. Relocation of Memorial commemorative plaque

We ask that The University of New South Wales relocates the commemorative plaque to a more fitting site than its present obscure location.

This plaque commemorates the site where the battalions forming the first Infantry Force of the Australian Infantry Brigade camped and were trained prior to marching along Anzac Parade and embarking for overseas service in World War One.  In 1965, when the plaque was unveiled, the Chancellor said it would later be incorporated in the formal gateway to be built at the Anzac Parade entrance of the University.

(For original source material, read the article Link with ANZAC from the University of New South Wales University News, 1965.)

 

4. Restoration of Memorial Grove of Trees

And, most importantly,

We ask for a commitment by all parties to ensure the restoration and preservation of the Anzac Parade Memorial Grove of Trees on completion of the light rail project.


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