Our Backyard – Anglesea

Welcome to Anglesea

As we take time this weekend to reflect on Anzac Day and how blessed we are to be living in this beautiful country, we must dig deep in our hearts to think about the soldiers that fought to give us what we now have.

The Great Ocean Road itself would not be here without the approximately 3000 returned serviceman that built it as a war memorial for fellow servicemen who had been killed in World War 1. Work commenced September 1919 and construction was done by hand using explosives, pick and shovel, Wheel barrows and small machinery.

On March 1922 the section from Eastern View to Lorne was officially opened. After closing for a short time after that to carry out further work, tolls were implemented to recoup construction costs.

In November 1932, the section from Lorne to Apollo Bay was finished and the road officially opened by Victoria’s Lieutenant-Governor Sir William Irvine. The road being acknowledged as the world’s largest war memorial. The Age commented at the time “In the face of almost insurmountable odds, the Great Ocean Road has materialised from a dream or ‘wild-cat scheme’, as many dubbed it, into concrete reality”

Howard Hitchcock was president of the Great Ocean Road trust, a private company formed to build the road in 1918. The Hitchcock memorial is located at Mount Defiance, near Lorne in honour of his work and he is referred to as the ‘father of the road’.

In 1936 the road was handed to the State Government with the deed for the road presented to the Victorian Premier at a ceremony at the Cathedral Rock toll gate. The tolls were removed at this time for all to enjoy and since then is considered one of the world’s greatest scenic roads.

There are so many things to be grateful for and this weekend when I travel along this road, I will be thinking about the brave men and the gift they have given us.

A good friend of mine, Matthew Hardy has written and produced a song ‘one minute silence’ dedicated to the Anzacs. The Steel Springs featuring Tex Perkins along with Ron Barassi have recorded this and it will be performed live tomorrow at the MCG. If you would like to show your support, you can purchase it through itunes http://apple.co/1BNrole Spotify – http://bit.ly/1PdE8e1

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Lest We Forget


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