Seventy-one years ago today, the cenotaph in Griffith, NSW was dedicated. It is no accident that the days coincide. Anzac Day, 25th April, is one of the most observed days in Australia. As the numbers of actual veterans of war have declined over the years I think the commemoration of those killed during conflict has become stronger. The waste of life on all sides has come into sharper focus and while we honour their memory, their are possibly moe people opposed to war today than at any point in our history.
So, on 25th April 1940, the cenotaph in Griffith was dedicated to 'our glorious dead' from WWI. Additional plaques have been added for those who 'made the supreme sacrifice'.
The Register of War Memorials in New South Wales says 'pencil perspective drawings were done by Arthur Buckley Long with Allan Brayne doing the dimensions and working drawings'. I think you'll agree they designed an impressive and fitting memorial.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at email@example.com if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.