Highly significant to the local community, the Prahran RSL and the Friends of Victoria Gardens, the opening of this project coincided with the 100-year commemoration of the ANZAC Day landing at Gallipoli during World War One.
Designed by Simon McKenzie, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, the memorial project was proudly constructed by PTA Landscapes.
The works undertaken by PTA Landscapes included the careful removal of the existing memorial, keeping the original cenotaph; the memorial and surrounding gardens were rebuilt by PTA Landscapes and the overall project included drainage, concrete footings, cast in-situ free standing walls/seating with a sand blasted finish, installation of bronze plaques, installation of concrete base for paving, supply and installation of custom made granite pavers with a poppy inlay, refurbishment of the existing cenotaph and installation of a flag pole, as well as supply and planting of surrounding garden beds and instant turf.
The design involved several detailed materials, which are not common to landscape practices that required extra attention to detail. These included the exfoliated honey coloured granite with red and black honed, laser cut, granite inlay symbolising a poppy.
It was a great honour for the team at PTA Landscapes to be involved in a project like this - the team who worked on the project felt a sense of pride being able to contribute to something with such significant importance.
A public service was held on Saturday April 18, 2015 where Stonnington Mayor Melina Sehr and Prahran RSL President Rod Coote officially opened the memorial as part of the ANZAC Centenary commemorations being held nationally.
Images (top to bottom): L-R Paul Trotter (Director PTA Landscapes), Simon McKenzie (Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, City of Stonnington), Stewart Owen (Project Manager PTA Landscapes) at the Public Service; RSL Memorial Garden; and photo taken at public service.
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