Shrines of remembrance

More than a century after the end of the First World War, Boroondara’s war memorials offer commemoration and contemplation.

Every part of Australia was impacted by the First World War, and Boroondara was no different. Before the war had even ended, a movement to create memorials to recognise the sacrifice and service of more than 416,000 Australians who had enlisted had gained momentum.

Boroondara’s memorials include cenotaphs, obelisks, and statues in local parks and important civic locations (highlights pictured above). Many were designed by notable architects and built by master craftsmen.

Since then, Boroondara’s memorials have become an important part of the municipality’s history and remain a focus for Anzac Day commemorations.

Next time you pass a memorial, take the time to stop and read the inscriptions and names.

For anyone with an interest in local war history, there is a list of recommended reading on suggested reading on Boroondara's War Memorials, or contact Boroondara Library Service for help with further research.

For more information visit Boroondara's War Memorials  or phone 9278 4444.