22.10.2018 – Ruth Whitfield Memorial Park, Kallangur, QLD

Ruth Whitfield died in 1972 when she was 36.years old.  Ruth had rallied to have the pocket of land next to Anzac Avenue, Kallangur developed into a parkland with the support of the Kallangur Lions Club. Her wish eventually came true and when the park was officially opened in November 1993, was named in her honour. The park extends much further than one sees when parking at the top end and despite the nearby busy road, is surprisingly quiet.

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What had caught our eye as we travelled along Anzac Avenue that caused us to drive into the park, was the model of a submarine – a memorial to the ‘Silent ANZAC’- HMAS AE2 and its crew and acknowledging their part in WWI. It was the first Allied warship to make it through the heavily fortified Dardenelles Strait, negotiating underwater mines and strong currents not to mention the enemy, to the Sea of Marmara where they caused major disruptions to the enemy and created a diversion as the ANZACs and Allied forces breached Turkey’s shoreline on 25.April 1915. The details are on a 3D sculptured plaque next to a bright blue seat made out of recycled plastics that details top and side elevation outlines of AE2.

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