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}"OR PRESS

(Staternent by the Minister for

--r-W----- the Interior, the Hon. Peter Nixon)

The bronze 9 - t.f ig3ure of an Australian Digger will

replace the Second Division i, emorial torn down during tiie

last war at Mont St. ,Quentin,F rante,

The Minister for the Interior,1.''Ir Peter Nixon,who

inspected a piasticine model of the proposed n emorial in

Canberra tod =:y, said: 1' It will be a ver\, fine piece of

s culp ure, one of which Australia can be -proud.

The original -< oi hld !- ar 1 memorial was of an

austr ali g n soldier thrusting a bayonet through a German eagle ..but German forces wrecked it in 194-0 when they over-ran France.

It was to have been replaced by an obelisk,but the

proposed .igure was accepted after representations by First

Jorld War Diggers to Mr Nixon and the Prime Minister,Mr

Gorton.

.e...000... .19/9/68.