Defence of Australia Memorial

Defence of Australia Memorial

Conflicts Commemorated:

  • World War Two


Corner of Melbourne Road & Mary Street Spotswood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3015

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Veterans Reserve Spotswood

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History and Significance:

p>Memorial commemorates those involved in the defence of Australia during World War Two.

The defence of Australia was a struggle never before envisaged in this country but yet much of it still remains unknown. It was a struggle that stretched our national resources to the limit; which saw the bombing of mainland Australia; the attack by midget submarines on Sydney Harbour; and raised the spectre of the threat of a possible invasion through Papua New Guinea.

The memorial also contains two time capsules which were dedicated on the 25th August 2010. The time capsules contain the names of diggers who were formerly part of the Geelong Road Avenue of Honour which was planted in 1947 to commemorate men and women who gave their lives for Australia in World Wars One and Two.

After the World War Two, approximately 700 plaques were put along Geelong Road. There are less than 300 plaques remaining along Geelong Road with some being dumped in the tip.