Dig up soil from enlistee site for inclusion in ‘ANZAC memorial’


State MP for Granville, Julia Finn, with Cumberland Council Mayor Greg Cummings, representatives of Merrylands RSL sub-branch, and students from St Margaret Marys Primary School, Cerdon College and Hilltop Road Public School, for a ‘digging’ ceremony.

Story appeared in: Review | December 4th, 2017



SAMPLES of soil from the Merrylands Remembrance Park and the Auburn War Memorial, will be added to an artwork project in the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park honouring those from across the region who answered the call to fight in World War I.
State MP for Granville, Julia Finn, joined Cumberland Council Mayor Greg Cummings, representatives of Merrylands RSL Sub-branch, and students from St Margaret Marys Primary School, Cerdon College and Hilltop Road Public School, for a 'digging' ceremony at Merrylands.
Eleven sites across Cumberland have been chosen to be part of the War Memorial Soil Collection Program which was proposed by contemporary artist Fiona Hall, with dirt already collected from both Granville, Lidcombe and Wentworthville sites.
The project is aiming to include soil from every location around Australia where there was an enlistee in the war.
Cumberland Council Mayor Greg Cummings said that to have so many sites across Cumberland chosen, was "a nod to the brave people that lived in the area a century ago".
"These families were vital to building the spirit of our area, and while Cumberland has significantly changed from the agricultural centre it used to be, the same spirit is still reflected in the people that live here today," he said.



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