The Geelong Peace Memorial faces onto Johnstone Park. It was built as a memorial to the soldiers who served in World War I. Since World War I, the memorial has continued in it's role as a Peace Memorial as names of service men and women who have served in every war since the Great War have been added.
In 1922, the foundation stone of the building was dedicated by Alderman Howard Hitchcock. Howard Hitchcock was servng as Mayor of Geelong at that time. The building is attached to the Geelong Art Gallery and Geelong Town Hall. The building style is Edwardian Baroque, and the interior of the building has a decorated dome ceiling.
The foyer of the Peace Memorial was officially opened on the 31st of October 1926, by the Governor of Victoria, Lord Somers.
Memorial Stone, Geelong Peace Memorial
The memorial displays the names of approximately 3.500 personnel who enlisted from the Geelong region, and who served in World War One or World War Two. The building also contains honour rolls which commemorate the Korean, Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam and Iraq conflicts, the United Nations operations, Medical officers, Nursing services and Prisoners of War.
The Geelong Peace Memorial plays an important role in the Anzac Day commemorations at Johnstone Park each year. The Johnstone Park ceremonies, which include wreath laying ceremonies and special services, are one of the largest ceremonies in the region, and thousands of people attend to remember the fallen.
The Peace Memorial is usually open on the first Sunday afternoon of the month. People can come and inspect the names and pay respect to the fallen. The Guides and Custodians of the Peace Memorial are former servicemen.
Geelong Peace Memorial
If you're in Geelong on the first Sunday of the month, head to Johnstone Park, and take a walk around the Peace Memorial. Apart from the beautiful architecture of the building, and the amazing decorated dome ceiling, the Peace Memorial is a place to spend some quiet time, reflecting on lives lost.
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders / Nancy Alford