MAC GREGORY’S VISION TO BE UNVEILED Ceremony will commence at 10.00am on Friday 27 November 2015
Visitors to Ahoy will be pleased to know that Mac’s long held dream to erect a bronze commemorative statue of a World War II sailor “Answering the Call” is to be unveiled by Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO CSC RAN Chief of Navy and Patron of the Naval Heritage Foundation of Australia Inc.
The unveiling ceremony will commence at 10.00am on Friday 27 November 2015 on the foreshore at the intersection of Dow Street and Beach Street, Port Melbourne.
The Naval Heritage Foundation of Australia Inc.
The Foundation was incorporated on January 22nd. 2008 with this statement of purposes.
The navy has had a long association with the Port Melbourne precinct, dating back to the Colonial Navy days of the mid 1850's to 1992.
The Colonial Navy trained in the old Customs Shed at the end of Town Pier, itself demolished in 1950.
HMAS Lonsdale was decommissioned and demolished in 1992, and a high rise apartment block rose in its place named HMAS.
Long association between the Royal Australian Navy and the City of Port Phillip sadly ends.
The Commonwealth Government gave the Bay Street Drill Hall to the then Liberal Government of Victoria, they allowed CIRCUS OZ t o occupy it, and they retain possession in 2008.
There is not a single Heritage Marker to denote the Navy was ever in this area, and some 15,000 Naval Men and Women would have passed this way.
The Naval Heritage Foundation of Australia Inc. was incorporated on January 22nd. 2008 to remedy this omission, and plans to erect a 7 foot six inch bronze statue of a WW2 Sailor. He will represent all ranks and rates, men and women who have served their country in both war and peace, and passed this way.
Estimated cost $ 150/200,000.
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