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Colac Memorial Square

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 2nd 2019
Shuffle your way around Memorial Square
Walk, jog or just shuffle around Colac's Memorial Park and you will be walking, jogging or shuffling, literally in the footsteps of Cliff Young.

Part of the perimiter footpath pounded by Cliff.

Albert Ernest Clifford "Cliff" Young was a potato farmer from Beech Forest in the Otway Ranges of Victoria, who shot to fame when he won the Sydney to Melbourne ultra-marathon in 1983.

There is a boulder mounted plaque on the Hesse Street corner detailing some of Cliff's running deeds.

The words on the plaque.

He used the perimeter path of Memorial Square as a training track for the event.

The Hesse Street path and Cliff's memorial.

Memorial Square fronting Murray Street is within the heart of Colac's CBD. This block of parkland has been dedicated to those who served in the First World War and features a striking stone memorial.

War Memorial
The War Memorial.

The Memorial Square fountain with War Memorial in the background.

Additions have been made to the memorial to remember those who served in later conflicts.

Behind the memorial is a Lone Pine planted in 1965 in memory of departed comrades.

Pine tree
The Lone Pine tree behind the War Memorial.

The square has vast expanses of grass with many trees giving shade to the many people who picnic or just relax there. At one end is a well-equipped children's play area.

The extensive play area at the Gellibrand Street end.

A rotunda makes a pleasing addition to the square as does a memorial fountain.

The rotunda near the play ground.

Fountain and seagulls
Hot day and fountain = birds.

On the grass verge between Murray Street and the footpath a metal clock tower was installed in 1980 by local rotary clubs to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the formation of Rotary International.

Clock tower
The Rotary clock tower.

Nearby is an illustrated display of early photos taken in the Memorial Square area. They date from 1870 to the early 1960s.

Photo display
A short pictorial history of Memorial Square.

On the Gellibrand Street side is a large toilet block with handicap and baby changing facilities. It is a very popular facility for local and visiting people as tour buses often stop there for a rest and a morning or afternoon tea in the spacious surroundings.

If you are passing through Colac, it is a nice place to stop to stretch the legs and gain a little local history.
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Where: 117 Murray St, Colac VIC 3250
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