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Design of memorial for the navy and the navy reserve has been won by Canberra sculptor, Mr Ante Dabro



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PRIME MINISTER

FOR MEDIA 4 January 1985

A national competition to design a Memorial to the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Naval Reserve has been won by Canberra, sculptor,“Mr. Ante Dabro. '

Her Majesty, The Queen, is expected to unveil the Memorial in March 1986.

This will be a most appropriate way of marking the 75th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Naval Reserve.

The Memorial will be a significant tribute to the brave and distinguished men and women who created the heritage of the Royal Australian Navy.

The Memorial will be erected in a paved and landscaped court on the eastern side of Anzac Parade, close to the Australian War Memorial.

The area will be planned to provide a sense of special purpose, for major commemorative ceremonies.and for quiet contemplation.

The focal point of the Memorial will be a bronze sculpture, cast in a form of geometric shapes with representational figures emerging from them. The sculpture will symbolise the mutual dependence of sailors and their ships; its dynamic force will be complemented by the imagery of moving water. .

Mr Dabro is an eminent Australian sculptor and a Senior Lecturer at the Canberra School of Art. The competition for the design was conducted by the National Capital Development "" Commission on behalf of the Commonwealth Government. Mr Dabro will be commissioned by the National Capital Development

Commission to construct the Memorial.

(NOTE: The Prime Minister is Chairman of the Canberra National Memorials Committee)