Sportsman's War Memorial Interpretive Works Completed

Monday 06 August 2018

View of the memorial including new photographic panel with image of the Australian Training Units team, 1916, to the right. To the left is a ceramic wreath encased in a display unit which lists the names of fallen soldiers from the local sporting clubs of the time.
WW1 Sportsman's Memorial, Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy North

The Sportsman's War Memorial in Edinburgh Gardens was erected in memory of members of the local sporting clubs who died in the First World War.

The Memorial was unveiled on 9 December 1919, having been funded through public subscription amongst members of the various sporting clubs.

Yarra City Council has previously undertaken some restoration works including cleaning, reproduction of the urns and landscaping. To further highlight the position and significance of the Memorial, some interpretive and enhancement works have now been completed.

The original porcelain wreath once displayed on a column (which now hangs safely at Fitzroy Town Hall) has been replicated by ceramicist and conservator Jessica Taylor in collaboration with The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, the University of Melbourne. This has been placed on display housed within a new bronze panel inscribed with the names of the fallen soldiers from the local sporting clubs. The soldiers were once listed on six shields installed on the columns of the monument but the majority were lost over time. Additionally, some signage and a large reproductive photograph showing some of the soldiers has been erected to provide fuAt trther historical context for visitors to the Edinburgh Gardens.

The Fitzroy History Society has been an integral part of this project as have the Combined Tramways/ East Melbourne RSL. The sporting clubs have also provided input into the consultation and development of this project and the Fitzroy Football Club continues to lay wreaths here for their former members on Remembrance and ANZAC Day.

The memorial is located on the St Georges Road side of Edinburgh Gardens, behind the Fitzroy Victoria Sporting & Bowls Club in North Fitzroy.

At the Fitzroy Sportsman’s Memorial  Re-Dedication at the Read the Speech event on Sunday 9 September 2018 Michael O'Brien's speech discussed the history and unique tribute of the Fitzroy Sportsman's Memorial and the challenge of identifying all 38 names that were originally on the memorial. 


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