June 2018 – Monument Hill Memorial Reserve, Fremantle

This public, 11.acre reserve at the corner of High and Swanbourne Streets, Fremantle is a popular stop for tourists due to its great vantage point over Fremantle and around to the Darling Ranges.  From there, it is easy to see across Fremantle Harbour to Garden Island and Rottnest Island.  At its peak, the Fremantle War Memorial built in 1928, which was constructed in memory of the servicemen who enlisted from the Port of Fremantle in the First World War. Around the main memorial have been added further memorials/plaques specific to other wars and conflicts, honouring all Australian servicemen and women.

We have read that the main memorial was designed so that at dawn, 1914 is illuminated and at sunset, 1919 is illuminated – in recognition of “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We shall remember them.” (Ode of Remembrance by Laurence Binyon.)  We have yet to be there at the appropriate times to test the theory.

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