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Untyeyetwelye ANZAC Hill

The hill is also the site of the ‘ANZAC Hill War Memorial’, that commemorates the sacrifice of our men and women during the wars. This is a special place, becoming more so on Remembrance Day, when we all stand together for the Dawn Service.

The memorial is a white painted obelisk designed by the Reverend Harry Griffiths of the Australian Inland Mission who suggested that a memorial be erected on the crown of the hill. The builder was Mr Jack Donnellan and the cost of Ł90 was raised by subscriptions, concerts and dances.

The road to the memorial, could have potentially cost more than the monument itself, except for the fact it was constructed with voluntary labour from the small population of the time. The corner floodlights, which were originally from motor cars and powered by a battery, were finally replaced with lights from the decommissioned HMAS Yarra in 1979.

There are two flagpoles, the one on the east side flying the Australian flag and the one on the west side flying the Northern Territory flag.

On Anzac Day 1934 the RSL President, Dudley Adamson, who was the first postmaster of Alice Springs, unveiled the memorial and laid the official wreath. The Reverend Griffiths made the dedication.

More information can be had about the contribution of our soldiers from the region in the RSL Club War Museum, which is acknowledged as having one of the most significant collections of war memorabilia in Australia, dating from circa 1854 to the Timor conflict. The RSL Club War Museum is located on Schwartz Crs, just a short distance from Anzac Hill.

Source: History of the RSL Club in Alice Springs, RSL Social Club & War Museum

‘ANZAC Hill War Memorial’

Sunrise over ‘ANZAC Hill War Memorial’
Sunrise over ‘ANZAC Hill War Memorial’

Sunrise over ‘ANZAC Hill War Memorial’
Sunrise over ‘ANZAC Hill War Memorial’

Sunrise over ‘ANZAC Hill War Memorial’ against the backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges.
Sunrise over ‘ANZAC Hill War Memorial’ against the backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges.

Sunrise over ‘ANZAC Hill War Memorial’ against the backdrop of Mt Gillen (on the right).
Sunrise over ‘ANZAC Hill War Memorial’ against the backdrop of Mt Gillen (on the right).

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