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FREMANTLE SOIL FOR FLANDERS FIELDS MEMORIAL

Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, war by freoview on January 25, 2017

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WA Minister for Veterans Joe Francis joined RSLWA President Peter Aspinall, Fremantle RSL President Rob Cashman and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt at E Shed today to collect soil from the port for the new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at the Canberra War memorial.

Poppies will be grown in the garden in memory of the 12,000 Australians who died in Belgium in 1917 during the Great War-World War I.

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  1. Rob Fittock said, on January 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    The soil was taken from below the top soil and while much of that area was reclaimed back at the start of the 20th century it had far more significance than the places you have suggested which also came up in our initial selection discussions

    Monument Hill as we know it today did not exist until the 1920s, Fremantle Oval and Park were also considered and even the Gil Fraser Oval in Nth Freo was in the mix because they were all places where the soldiers assembled or camped

    But in the end all of our Diggers gathered in this area of the port opposite C Shed, which was the only surviving significant shed built at the outbreak of WWI, waiting to embark on their mission and too many sadly did not return

  2. gnangarra said, on January 25, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    what great idea given the link freo had with so many who served.. Soil from a garden bed that was created as part of the landscaping when the E-shed market was reconstructed doesnt appeal as having the right connection, Also given its also part of the reclaimed land when the port was built maybe some from Pioneer Park, Monument hill, Arthur head or Kings Square might have been a better choice…


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