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Published May 29th 2016
A place for reflection and remembrance
A memorial walk featuring images of South Australia's servicemen and women and pavers embossed with the names of the places they fought, has been opened in Adelaide. It is a stunning example of urban planning, bringing together the historical and current city scape for its use in remembrance memorial spaces.
The Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk links the National War Memorial on North Terrace with the Torrens Parade Ground, the spot where many local service personnel gathered before leaving for war. Thus joining two of the important memorial precincts in Adelaide.
The 280 metre walk runs along Kintore Avenue outside Government House. It has a refreshingly open feel being 12 metres in width. The project was first announced in 2014 and construction began in November 2015, with completion occurring for Anzac Day memorials in 2016.
Planter boxes on the Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk
The walk is a special tribute to the loyalty and dedication of Australia's diggers. There is a high quality of workmanship throughout this walk. Which includes images, paving, storyboards and planter boxes. The images are very inclusive and depict the contribution of the many in wars, including servicemen and women, nurses and animals. The images are shown on a reflective black granite wall that has a mirror like effect, which gives the dual impression of permanence and fragility. While attending on the opening Anzac day weekend many visitors spoke of the wonderful tribute and quality of design of the walk. Some were overcome and very moved by the path and stories and remembrances told.
Adelaide is indeed fortunate to have inspired urban design that is not only functional but also a thing of beauty and providing a reflective place to visit. The project has used locally sourced materials including pavers from Padthaway, near Bordertown and Streaky Bay and granite from Black Hill near Mannum.
The Memorial Walk now opens onto views of Government House and its grounds to the public via a large slatted screen fence. This has the effect of providing more green space and a worthy addition to our historic North Terrace precinct.