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Designs unveiled for Seville War Memorial

Published on 21 April 2017

Derry Aulich, Tony Smith, Anthony McAleer, Wayne De Kiljn and Cr Tony Stevenson at the design unveiling.

The stories of Yarra Valley Diggers will be brought to life, with photographs and letters to be printed on four metre high glass panels on the Seville War Memorial.

Historian Anthony McAleer unveiled the designs in Seville’s main street with Yarra Ranges Councillor Tony Stevenson, Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith and State Member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe on Tuesday, 11 April.

The memorial will comprise four large glass panels, each double-sided and emblazoned with photographs and stories of Seville soldiers and their families.

Victoria Cross recipient, Captain George Ingram VC MM will feature on one of the pa­­nels, as will Trooper George Cassidy and Private Hubert Read.

Cr Stevenson said that letters from both Trooper Cassidy and Private Read to their families will be published on panels, giving visitors an insight into life on the front lines.

“It is these letters by both these soldiers that will help to make this memorial special,” he said.

One of the panels will feature a poem, written for Captain Ingram’s return from the war and read at an event at the Seville Public Hall.

Another panel will feature Seville’s Roll of Honour, containing the names of all Seville residents who died in the First and Second World Wars.

Cr Stevenson said that each soldiers’ full name, rank, number, date of death, age at the time of their death and burial location will be included on the roll.

“We really wanted to personalise them, so that anyone reading about them can make a connection with their story, not only now but for generations to come,” he said.

“It’s going to be an incredible testimony to these people.

“I really look forward to seeing this come to life. Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard to get it this far.”

A bagpipe player performs in front of designs for the Seville War Memorial

Yarra Ranges Council has supported the project with $10,000 through its Grants for Community Program.

The Federal Government provided $14,000 in funding through the Casey Centenary of Anzac Grants program and the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Scheme.

“It was an honour to be part of the official unveiling of the plans,” Mr Smith said.

“The eight striking glass memorial panels will tell the Seville story of service and sacrifice, heroism and heartache.”

The memorial design was undertaken by SMAQ Design Collaborations.

The panel’s photographs were colourised by digital artists and each panel took more than 150 hours to complete.

The Seville Township Group is continuing its fund raising efforts and appreciates the generosity of many local families and the support of local, state and federal governments.

Contact the Seville Township Group at sevilletowngroup@gmail.com to find out how to make a tax deductable donation to the Seville War Memorial construction.

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