Wollondilly Anglican College to unveil $2 million Anzac memorial

Wollondilly Anglican College headmaster Dr Stuart Quarmby is looking forward to unveiling an Anzac memorial statue in June. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis
Wollondilly Anglican College headmaster Dr Stuart Quarmby is looking forward to unveiling an Anzac memorial statue in June. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis

Wollondilly Anglican College will unveil a fitting tribute to Australia’s World War I soldiers in June.

The school will construct a statue to memorialise the Battle of Fromelles.

An audiovisual screen will also be erected as part of the $2 million project.

Headmaster Dr Stuart Quarmby said the school wanted to pay tribute to Australian soldiers during the Anzac centenary commemorations.

“I have a personal connection to the Battle of Fromelles so I feel the memorial will be a fitting tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” he said.

“We have also invited the Fromelles Association of Australia to attend the unveiling.”

The memorial and screen will be unveiled on June 18.

Dr Quarmby said the screen would be erected in front of the undercover learning space.

“The area can seat 1000 people,” he said.

“We will use it during presentation night, Anzac Day services and for family chapel services.”

The majority of the project’s money will be spent on the screen. The project will be funded by the school.

Fromelles was the first major battle fought by Australian troops on the Western Front.

The attack was intended primarily as a feint to draw German troops away from the Somme offensive.

The attack was a failure and Australia suffered 5533 casualties.

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