by D David Taylor
Ended on June 22nd 2018
On the 1st of May, 1885, Private Robert Weir of the NSW Contingent was killed in the Sudan and became the first Australian to die in war. Since then, over 102,000 men and women have had their names entered onto the Roll of Honour.
The Full Size War Memorial is designed to give visitors an immersive experience that shows the vast scale of the sacrifice made by Australia’s service men and women.
By displaying figures representing all 102,846 personnel from the Roll of Honour, the public will see exactly how enormous that sacrifice has been.
Each figure will measure 2 metres in height and a diameter of 50 centimetres. They will be positioned in 9 sectors around a central eternal flame. The nine points of the sectors represent the first 9 Australians to die during the Sudan campaign. The rows behind each of them begin with those of the Boer War and continue outwards in chronological order through to Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey who was killed in Afghanistan on July 1, 2014.
The diameter of the Full Size War Memorial is estimated at 850 metres with a total land requirement of at least 100 hectares.
THIS CAMPAIGN IS TO GET OUR SUBMISSION READY FOR A GOVERNMENT GRANT
Our short term goal is to prepare a submission for the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program Major Commemorative Grants which closes on July 3. The funds sought, we estimate, will be used as follows:
– 3D renders $500.00
– Web hosting $ 250.00
– Proposal preparation $ 770.00
– Research $ 750.00
– NFP status establishment $ 250.00
At the moment, we have identified a potential site just outside Canberra. However, other sites may be just as suitable and we are open to discussions with Local and/or State Governments for anywhere with a minimum available size of 100 hectares.
IF WE MISS THE GRANT
For the people who have supported the campaign we will create a private group so that you will all be updated along the journey and given the opportunity to join in discussions and contribute to our plans and in true Australian fighting spirit keep on the journey to our goal.