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Published April 14th 2013
If you're looking for an Anzac Day outing with a nod to history, come for a drive up to Montville in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Montville's war memorial is charming and quirky; a bit like the village itself.
The memorial has two parts. The gates of the Montville Village Hall are the official memorial, bearing the names of 33 men from the Montville district who served in World War 1, including six who died in the service of King and Country.
Montville's memorial is a little unusual in that it also lists another six men who presented themselves for service but were not accepted. They're listed under the heading of "Rejects", presumably because the community felt their willingness to serve should also be recognised.
Montville's War Memorial also lists those who were not accepted for enlistment
Carved from Helidon sandstone, the memorial gates were funded by public subscription and unveiled on November 11, 1921.
The other part of Montville's memorial is a living memorial. Six weeping figs were planted to remember the sacrifice of the six local men who died in that war and today they spread their canopy over Memorial Close, sheltering the monthly village market and providing the backdrop for carols by candlelight. They're beautiful trees and if you look closely, you can see a modest plaque on each trunk with the details of a fallen soldier. Memorial Close and the war memorial gates can be found at the top of Montville's Main Street. Look for the red phone box on the Village Green.
An Anzac Day Dawn Service is held at the Memorial Gates on April 25, commencing at 5.30am.
Six weeping figs are a living memorial and extend their shade over the monthly Montville market