The second of the ‘main Memorials erected in the Municipality’ is the cenotaph at Mosman Park, home of Allan Border Oval.
George Franki notes in its design the influence of the Cenotaph by Sir Edwin Lutyens in London. This first monument ‘was initially set up to celebrate the victory… [but] the empty tomb… far away from the battlefield is quickly recognized by the relatives as a place where they can express their grief.’
The final chapter of Jack Carroll’s The Streets of Mosman lists the ‘five main Memorials erected in the Municipality.’ Three were built in response to the Great War, the first being Anzac Memorial Hall.
‘It might be of some interest to local residents at least,’ writes Jack Carroll in The Streets of Mosman, “to know how the Streets and Lanes of Mosman came to receive their “baptismal” names.’ At least five have a WWI connection.
An important step taken this week.
We had a name but knew we needed a strong visual identity for the project. Pinterest made it easy to put together a mood board from which our designer Kasia developed these striking figures of a soldier and nurse against the geographic outline of Mosman.
Libraries are full of stories, some of them we tell together.
Mary Lou has posted to the ALIA Sydney blog today as we prepare to embark on a new adventure to the years 1914-1918. She references Mosman Memories of your Street – where we crowdsource local history – and Mosman Faces – a more curated approach to telling stories. This project aims to do a bit of both, while exploring the possibilities afforded by the increasing availability of digitised materials.