The First Military Memorial
of National Significance
"When you go home tell them of us, and say for your tomorrow we gave our today"

About the Memorial

Location: Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Dedicated: February 6, 2004

Purpose: To acknowledge the pain and suffering that all Prisoners of War endured during their time in captivity, to commemorate the thousands of mates left behind and to acknowledge the sacrifice of families during wartime.

Number of Australian Ex-POWs represented: 36,000 plus

Artist: Peter Blizzard, Sculptor

Materials Used: Natural Stone-Basalt & Granite

Cost: $1.8 million for commission and construction of Memorial and the etching of 35,000 names on 130 metre long granite wall.