• Date: 30/04/2018
  • Cemetery: GMCT Home

GMCT’s Anzac commemoration ceremony honoured the thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who served and died during World War I, and all others past and present who have served their country. 

GMCT's director strategic development and infrastructure Pelagia Markogiannakis led the service, delivering poignant closing words on remembrance and commemoration in today's society:  

“We have not forgotten and we are defined, at least in part, by the act of remembrance. It makes us who we are and reminds us, in the face of an unknown future, who we can be – courageous and compassionate, resolute and resilient – a people of our own time, reaching back with pride and solemnity, looking forward with a sense of purpose to a better world.”

Community advisory committee member Venerable Tang (left) and trust chair Geoff Mabbett lay a wreath at the Carl Verey Cross. 

GMCT's director strategic development and infrastructure Pelagia Markogiannakis led the service. 

From left: Director strategic development and infrastructure Pelagia Markogiannakis, CEO Jacqui Weatherill, community advisory committee member Venerable Tang, trust chair Geoff Mabbett and bugler Troy Holmes visited The Garden of Eternal Memories following the service.

The Garden of Eternal Memories features a tile mosaic of ceramic, marble and stone to recognise the contribution of military and non-military personnel during twentieth century conflicts in which Australia participated.

Did you know?

GMCT cemeteries and memorial parks are the final resting place for many men and women who have served our country in armed conflicts.

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Sybil Howy Irving  (1897-1973)

Buried at Fawkner Memorial Park

During World War I, Sybil Howy Irving served in a Voluntary Aid Detachment organised by the Australian division of the British Red Cross Society.

Later, she assumed the post of controller (head) of the Australian Women’s Army Service in 1941 in the midst of World War II, travelling around Australia to recruit officers.

Irving had more than 20,000 women under her direction when the AWAS reached its peak strength in 1944. They were assigned to roles which the army established for women, such as signallers, mechanics, drivers, storekeepers and stenographers.

Irving was buried with Anglican rites and military honours at Fawkner Memorial Park in 1973. Her friends and colleagues raised money for memorials in every capital city, unveiled between 1977 and 1979.

Her sister Freda was a notable journalist. Freda was featured in our International Women's Day series

Edward Renata 'Tip' Broughton  (1884-1955)

Buried at Fawkner Memorial Park

Tip Broughton was born in New Zealand in 1884. He enlisted in 1915, served at Gallipoli, and went on to fight at the Western Front. He migrated to Australia after the war, arriving in Victoria in 1926.

During World War II, Tip was the first commanding officer of the ‘Dunera Boys’ . The 'Dunera Boys' were a group of German and Austrian Jewish refugees who were transported from Britain to Australia in 1940 and enlisted in the Australian armed forces. Tip was known for his devotion to the men he commanded, learning German phrases, respecting Jewish culture and helping to restore their confidence. 

The RSL restored Tip’s grave at Fawkner Memorial Park in the early 2000s and erected a headstone, marking the occasion with a special ceremony.