Installation of Carlyle Cross

By Corowa Free Press

By Simon Ginns

A single block of granite carved into the shape of a memorial cross will be unveiled on Sunday to mark the Centenary of Armistice.

The 2.5metre tall cross stands near the rotunda at the centre of Carlyle Cemetery. 

Rutherglen RSL Sub-Branch Secretary David Martin said the project resulted from Federal Government funding received under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.

The $5,000 grant together with a $5,000 donation from a local foundation allowed works to begin. Rutherglen Lions are assisting to raise the remaining funding as a community project.

“When we discovered that there are quite a few veterans buried in Carlyle without recognition we thought it appropriate to have something central where we could have commemoration services to recognise all ex-service personnel buried there,” Mr Martin said.

The new Carlyle Cross is based on The Cross of Sacrifice, a memorial designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in 1918. By 1937, the Imperial War Graves Commission had erected more than 1,000 of Blomfield’s memorials in France and Belgium.

The unadorned face of the cross allows it to represent any service veteran irrespective of their final place of rest.

Indigo Shire Mayor, Cr Bernard Gaffney will unveil the 3.9-tonne monument on Sunday afternoon.

The occasion will involve blessing of the statue by Rutherglen clergy, the reading of the Ode to Remembrance and playing of The Last Post.

Following the service Cr Gaffney will plant a Gallipoli pine tree next to the cross.

Rutherglen RSL President Mr Neville Bainbridge said he is thrilled with the appearance of the cross.

“It’s excellent and a fitting tribute to the service men and women of the district,” he said.

Sunday’s event commences at 2pm at Carlyle Cemetery, 167 Distillery Road, Wahgunyah. Everyone is welcome to attend.