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Dimboola Memorial Secondary College
 
 
 

War Memorials

 

War Memorials

 
 

The original school building and town's war memorial is the Memorial Building. Built in 1923/1924 and opened in December 1924, this building now serves primarily as our school's study centre and library. Rolls of Honour take pride of place on the front wall of the Memorial Building to acknowledge all those who served in World War I, as well as those who did not return from World War II and the Korean War.

 
 

In the 1940s there was the unfortunate need to commemorate the service of more locals in the Second World War. In the 1950s the front gates were erected. A sundial was also built in the grounds of the school following World War II to commemorate former student Matron Olive Dorothy Paschke who died during the evacuation of Singapore in 1942.

In October 2019, in conjunction with the rededication of our Avenue of Honour, we unveiled a commemorative sign (see right) at the front entrance to our school grounds. This sign and adjacent garden space provides a great welcome to our unique memorial, including the Memorial Gates and Avenue of Honour, and the Memorial Building and Matron Paschke Sundial further up the hill.

You can read more about each of the components of our memorial at the links below.

War Memorial Commemorative Sign
 
 

 
 
Memorial Building

Memorial Building

The centrepiece of our school, our Memorial Building was opened in 1924 as the Dimboola Soldiers' Memorial Higher Elementary School.

Today the building houses a classroom, study centre and library, IT office and Year 12 Common Room. The grounds at the front of the building play host to our town's Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services.

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Honour Rolls

Honour Rolls

Unveiled in 1924 at the official opening of the school, the World War I Honour Rolls record those locals who served and those who did not return. Another granite tablet was addded in the 1950s which honours those who died in service in World War II and later in Korea.

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Robert Martindale Memorial

A tribute to a man on the home front

After his death in 1927, local man Robert Martindale was honoured with a plaque at the front of the Memorial Building by his friends in the Dimboola RSL for his work and support on the home front during WWI and monumental role in the establishment of the memorial school.

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Avenue of Honour

Avenue of Honour

The Avenue of Honour was first planted in mid-1924 and has been continually maintained since then, with trees now recognising 91 local men and women who served and did not return from World Wars I & II and Korea.

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Matron Paschke Sundial

Matron Paschke Sundial

Former student Matron Olive Dorothy Paschke died at sea during the evacuation of Singapore in 1942. A unique memorial to her life and service was unveiled in the school grounds in 1949 in the form of a sundial.

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Memorial Building Graphic
 
 

DIMBOOLA MEMORIAL SECONDARY COLLEGE
post PO Box 40 | Dimboola | Victoria, 3414
phone 03 5389 1460
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