68 - War Memorial and Components Eltham Yarra Gl Rd - Old photograph taken after the completion of the tower, but prior to the installation of the main metal plaque fixed above the arch ELHPC no.406 - Shire of Eltham Heritage Study 1992
What is significant? The fabric of the site including: the c1925-26 war memorial, the mature Monterey Cypress trees (which form a windbreak around the perimeter of park) and other planted species (Bangalay- Eucalyptus botryoides, Victorian Box- Pittosporum undulatum, English Oak- Quercus robur and Australian Fan palm- Livistona australis) and the surrounding site to a radius of 150 metres . The c1951 sandstone caretaker's cottage is contributory to the site. The c1974 firespotter's cabin (on the tower) is an intrusive element.
How is it significant? The war memorial tower is architecturally, socially, aesthetically and historically significant to the Shire of Nillumbik
The caretaker's cottage and the Monterey Cypress trees are historically and aesthetically significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
Why is it significant? The war memorial is historically and architecturally significant because it was designed by prominent architects, Stephenson and Meldrum, based upon a sketch by artist Harold Herbert, and because it has ties to prominent community members including Professor William Osborne, who donated stone for the construction, and Governor-General, Lord Stonehaven, who opened the building on 11 November 1926 (Criterion H). It is aesthetically significant for its skilled use of local sandstone (Criteria E). The war memorial is historically and socially significant as a representative example of a local war memorial and as a physical representation of the impact that war had on the community (Criteria D & G).
WAR MEMORIAL TOWER, MATURE PLANTING AND PARK, ELTHAM-YARRA GLEN RD - Physical Description 1
Style traditional ornamental structure.
Walls local sandstone faced concrete.
Roof flat concrete slab.
Features are the design, memorial plaques, ground floor door, openings, the adjacent stone building and the mature site planting.
Walls apparently solid sandstone.
Features are the utilitarian nature of this service building and its role as an original/early component of the site.
The War Memorial Tower is centrally positioned on the highest point of the site and surrounded on all sides by Monterey Cypress trees (Cuppressus macrocarpa). The park itself consists of a very simple treatment with a gravel vehicle access road through a grassed area with various trees dotted around the lawn. Tree species include: Monterey Cypress (Cuppressus macrocarpa), Eucalyptus botryoides, Pittosporum undulatum, Quercus robur and Livistona australis.