The Tasmanian Headstone Project The Project commenced in 2012 when was discovered that there were a number of returned First World War veterans whose last resting place was no more than a dirt plot within the Cornelian Bay Cemetery located on the outskirts of the city of Hobart. This meant that there was no monumental work or any other marker on their burial plot to indicate who is buried there. To date 316 WWI unmarked graves have been identified.
On 31st March 2017, the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, DSC, AM unveiled a number of commemorative plaques on headstones recognising the service of soldiers, whose grave were previously unmarked.
Once again, the weather was kind and there were a good number of people in attendance. The unveilings went off with military precision thanks to the involvement of members of the 12/40th Battalion who provided a guard and sentries for each of the graves being unveiled.
This brings the number of veterans who have had their service recognised to 158, leaving 158 still to be done.
Previously on 7 November 2016 an unveiling was a great success despite the less than ideal weather with a large attendance and good publicity. The speech given by Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian WAR Memorial resonated with the 150 + attendees. There were several family in attendance, who greatly appreciated the recognition given to their forebears
In June 2016 31 headstones were installed and unveiled and in May Lambis Englezos was the guest speaker at an unveiling. The aim is to complete Cornelian Bay Cemetery by Remembrance Day 2018.
FFFAIF supports the project through the provision of along with the State RSL Branch and the Tasmanian Government and a number of suppliers who contribute materials and other forms of support – Millington Cemeteries, Cement Australia, Sika Australia and Clennett’s Mitre 10. Further donations and contributions would be welcome.
The Headstone Project is managed through a FFFAIF Sub-Committee, Chaired by Andrea Gerrard but has its own website at http://www.tasheadstoneproject.org/. Read the “About Us” section for an overview of the project – and feel proud of their achievements, or the more comprehensive report in the Members Area of the www.fffaif.org.au website.