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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2011
In a prominent location and having such importance to the Ballarat and
regional community, the Arch of Victor y was never far from the minds of both
locals and military personnel across the countr y. On 7 November, 1954,
two tablets were added to the structure and unveiled by Lieutenant General
Sir Leslie Morshead to acknowledge the services of men and women from
Ballarat in World War II.
Memorial plaques dedicated to Malaya, Korea, Borneo and Vietnam Veterans
were added to the Arch and unveiled on 25 October, 1987.
The Arch of Victory was covered in blue scaffolding during the restoration project.
The Arch of Victory prior to the restoration project.
The Arch of Victory was built in 1920.
The Arch was officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales on 2 June, 1920.
the Arch of Victor y
l It took less than five months to build the Arch of Victor y
l The Arch is 20 metres wide and 18 metres high
l The Arch is crowned by the 'Rising Sun' symbol of the
Australian Commonwealth Militar y Forces
l The Arch is a masonr y (brickwork) structure with a cement
l The final cost of the Arch was £2,105, all of which was raised
by the Lucas Girls. This equates to around $125,500 in
today’s monetar y value
l The Arch of Victor y follows the tradition of Roman and
Napoleonic victory arches erected across major routes
l Whilst Bendigo and Murtoa both also have arches dedicated
to the Australian war effort, these were built as entrance
gates to public gardens and are not of the size or prominence
of the Arch of Victory
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