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A life size statue of a civilian woman circa 1918, commemorates the enduring sacrifice women relatives made in caring for World War One Veterans. 

A group of women have formed an association called ‘Women Caring for Veterans of War Inc. (WCVW). They have sought to give these forgotten civilian heroines some belated recognition and commemoration. WCVW is comprised of wives of (mostly Vietnam War) Veterans and can easily relate and empathise with the plight faced by these World War One veterans women and their families, in much harder times.

WCVW received Grants from the Commonwealth Government, Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program through the Federal Seat of Melbourne and from the Anzac Centenary Community Grants Program, Victorian Veterans Council and for the unstinting support of the Moonee Valley City Council for the erection of the statue. 

In World War One 300,000 Australians served, 60,000 died and a further conservatively estimated 90,000 suffered physical and/or psychiatric war injuries. These injuries often translated into serious lifetime disabilities. Many died directly as a result, soon or sometime after the war. Many carried burdens of trauma so unique to war, their quality of life was significantly compromised, despite near average longevity.

Finally at home, returned servicemen were given peace and care. That care and lifetime support rested primarily with their loved ones. The mothers, wives and even sisters and daughters delivered this service, quietly and uncomplainingly with little or no recognition, for sometimes many decades after the war.


Address:Langs & Epsom Roads, Victory Gardens , Ascot Vale, 3032
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.779251
Long: 144.912644
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 29th August, 2015
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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