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Footscray Memorial Garden

Stolen Plaques

In early November, 111 bronze Avenue of Honour plaques were stolen from the Footscray Memorial Garden. The remaining 114 plaques were removed by Maribyrnong City Council for safe keeping. Installed in 1947, the plaques honour the service women and men from the Footscray community who died in World Wars I and II.

Maribyrnong City Council has allocated funding in the 2016/2017 financial year to replace the stolen plaques and reinstall all the plaques using a more secure fixing system. The replacement plaques will closely match the original plaques. The Memorial Garden will be restored in readiness for Anzac Day 2017.


Avenue of Honour Memorial Garden

The Geelong Road Avenue of Honour was a Citizen's memorial funded by the community and established in 1947 for those who died in World Wars I and II. The widening of Geelong Road in the 1960's resulted in substantial changes to the original avenue and overtime many of the plaques were no longer visible.

The decision to relocate the plaques to the entrance of Footscray Park was made in consultation with the community in 2009. The goal was to develop a setting that was accessible by the community for both private reflection and commemorative ceremonies.

The memorial garden at Footscray Park honouring fallen soldiers from World War I and World War II opened in April 2013.

The garden is based upon the alignment of the original Avenue of Honour, and conveys a key message of strength through unity as well as contemplation and reflection for those who gave their lives in conflict.

The ceremonial terrace has a series of interlocking concrete plinths that support 225 original memorial plaques from the Geelong Road Avenue of Honour. Interpretative signage on the plinths includes quotes and images.

Footscray Memorial Garden Commemorative Brochure

The brochure is available below. If you have information about plaques please contact the Footscray Historical Society on, or call 9689 3820.

Footscray Memorial Garden: Albert Rayner's Story

For more information contact :
City Design on 9688 0200

Australian War Memorial Centenary of the First World War

Australian War Memorial Centenary of the First World War

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