The residents of Wisemans Ferry have banded together to create a lasting memorial to those from the region who served Australia during wartime.
The memorial will be built on land owned by Hornsby Council, but the community is raising the funds for its construction the old-fashioned way — through bartering.
“After 100 years, this town deserves its own memorial,” said Wayne Moore, who is spearheading the project.
“The aim is to have the memorial in place to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landing [on April 25, 2015] and to record the names of the district servicemen and women who left their family life and farms to serve their nation.’’
Already $30,000 worth of work has been done but not a single cent has changed hands because all material has been donated by local businesses and all labour has been volunteered by local residents.
One of the bills the committee received for some significant work simply said: “Two middies when we are next in town.’’
“When I first started this I was on my own and had no idea how I was going to raise the money, but then everybody came together and at this stage it’s charging forward under its own steam,” Mr Moore, a Vietnam veteran, said.
“All we have now are two honour boards, which are missing a lot of names and contain some that have been placed there incorrectly.”
With the help of the Australian War Memorial an accurate list has been created, with 82 names that will be engraved on plaques.
To pay for the plaques people were given the chance to “sponsor a digger” for $100 each and it wasn’t long before each of them found a benefactor.
The final memorial will include a statue, plinth and well-developed garden.
You can do your part by taking part in the Run For A Digger event on September 28 at Del Rio Riverside Resort, Wisemans Ferry.
Details: wisemansferryanzacs.org.au or like Wisemans Ferry Anzacs on Facebook.
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