In 2009 a project to refurbish the Avenue of Honour that was planted in 1951 at the Macclesfield War Memorial Recreation Ground was initiated. After some research into those from Macclesfield and the surrounding areas who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice it was deemed that too many trees would need to be planted in the available space; and it was decided to expand the idea to create a commemorative area.
The Mount Barker District Council was approached and they generously donated two acres of disused council land at the entrance to the Macclesfield War Memorial Recreation Ground for the purpose of creating the Macclesfield ANZAC Memorial Garden (MAMG).
The garden was built with the assistance of donations of time, money and resources from local families and businesses as well as grants from Federal, State and Local Governments. It was designed to incorporate a walking trail to commemorate the service of all men and women from the Macclesfield district in all conflicts with inscribed pavers with their names acknowledging their service throughout war and peace. Approximately 400 persons are commemorated.
MAMG also incorporates various memorials, artworks and tributes to all aspects of service in Macclesfield, Australia and abroad. Many of the artworks and memorials have been produced by local veterans and artists. Some memorials are digitally linked to the Virtual War Memorial Australia which honours the personal experiences of all those who have served the nation in times of conflict, from the Boer War through to Afghanistan.
The main focus of the garden is to provide a peaceful and serene space for veterans with mental health issues, their families and the wider community. The garden is predominantly an Australian native garden focused on attracting native birds and wildlife.
The garden has been maintained by the veterans and members of the local RSL Macclesfield Sub Branch and it provides opportunities for volunteer service in gardening and art projects at a community level.
The MAMG is used for:
Commemorative services such as Remembrance Day
Dedicated Veteran’s Ashes Scattering Ground (by appointment)
A quite area for contemplation with an area allocated for picnics
All individuals, families, school groups, bus tours and other groups are encouraged to visit; and guided tours can be organised by contacting the RSL Macclesfield Sub Branch.
For more information please contact
Dennis Oldenhove (President) at firstname.lastname@example.org.