The 1925 Arch of Triumph is of historical and architectural significance as a rare example of this building type in Victoria. The only other arches, all First World War memorials and of different designs, occur at Ballarat (1920), Murtoa (1921) and Mansfield (c1923). The Arch of Triumph is a Mannerist design with massive rusticated voussoirs and decorated with wreaths. The Arch incorporates a list of servicemen on two metal plates.
The Arch can be found in the White Hills Botanic Gardens, Bendigo. A pavilion was built in c1910 and in 1925 an Arch of Triumph was erected at the main entrance as a memorial to those who served in the First World War. Today there is a fine collection of trees and shrubs, flower beds, animal enclosures and aviaries.
How is it significant?
The White Hills Botanic Gardens are of historical, architectural, scientific (botanical), aesthetic and social significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The gardens are of historical significance as one of Victoria's earliest regional botanic garden reserves. The gardens are of social significance for their on going use by the community for recreation and education. The Arch of Triumph is an important place of remembrance to those who served in the First World War.