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Wednesday, 21 October 1931

Mr CHIFLEY (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Competitive designs were invited during 1022 for the proposed monument to soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Forces who laid down their lives in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria during 1916-18. The design of Mr.C. Webb Gilbert, of Melbourne, was selected. Good progress was made by Mr. Gilbert with the work until his untimely death in 1925. Mr. Paul Montford, of Melbourne, then worked for a short time upon the group, but ultimately arrangements were made with Sir Bertram Mackennal, R.A., to complete the sculptural group as originally designed. Of a total height of 84 feet, the surmounting masses and simple sculptural group typifying Australian and New Zealand horsemen in action takes 14 feet. The pedestal and base in Australian stone have been erected. Four models for the sculptural group are out of the sculptor's hands, the last having been despatched to the founder by Sir Bertram Mackennal on the morning of his death. The work of the founder is well in hand, and it is anticipated that the group will be available in Egypt at about Easter1932. Towards the cost of the memorial, troops in the field contributed £5,400; the New Zealand Government, £2,000; and the Australian Government the balance, estimated at £7,000.

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