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Grantville and District Memorial Park

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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 July 19th 2022
It's a convenient place for history
Grantville is a small town on the Bass Highway in Gippsland, 103 kms south-east of Melbourne. On the corner of Pier Road is the Grantville Memorial Park.

It is a multi-facility and interest park. A council Transaction Centre, toilet block, playground, memorial wall of honour and an illustrated history of Grantville.

General view of park.

Perhaps the main purpose for travellers to stop here is for a pit stop. As you approach the signed 'Public Convenience' two colourful murals designed by artist Anita Ross and painted by children of Bass Valley Primary School, adorn the entrance.

toilet block.
Toilet block and murals.

A small playground will amuse the younger ones. There is a warning sign saying that playground surfaces may become very hot in prolonged sunlight.

Playground and information sign.

The highlight of the park would be the Memorial Wall of Honour. The wall is a series of seven mosaic murals commemorating the First World War Armistice on 11.11.1918.

Memorial wall.
Memorial wall.

The opening plaque.

On the reverse side of the memorial wall are several plaques. Three are for Australia's Nation Servicemen 1951-1972, men and women from the Bass Valley & District who served during World War Two and the men and women from the Bass Valley & District who served in the Boer War 1898-1902.

Behind the armistice wall.

An undercover BBQ and picnic table is situated next to the playground, also adorned with a mural.

BBQ facility and mural.
BBQ facility and mural.

A very interesting feature of the park is along the meandering paths are illustrated plaques in the form of the open pages of books, giving the history of Grantville. A novel idea.

history sign
Grantville history sign.

An interesting feature is the length of thick weathered rope along a path. Perhaps it is a link to the past as the park is only 300 metres from the Grantville pier where coastal steamers would dock.

Rope fence.
A rope fence.

The Grantville and District Memorial Park should not be missed when driving along the Bass Highway. It's a convenient way of learning its history.
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Why? It's worth it.
When: anytime
Where: Bass Highway, Grantville.
Cost: Free
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