The new Winged Victory

The new Winged Victory

A wider view of Winged Victory

A wider view of Winged Victory

A back view of Winged Victory

A back view of Winged Victory

I’ve waited a suitable time before I posted about the Marrickville Town Hall upgrade in deference to those who lost their lives in the wars. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the Marrickville Remembers March to mark the centenary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli on 19th April 2015, but I am told it was a great success. During this event the new Winged Victory statue was unveiled, plus the refurbished forecourt & War Memorial.

I think the new Winged Victory is wonderful & it is great to have a statue back in this location. It is also great to see the War Memorial looking cared for, as it should be considering the 457 Marrickville soldiers who died during World War 1.

Over the last few years, people have written to ask me to take photos of their family member’s name on the War Memorial. Now that the soldiers’ names have been filled with gold & the War Memorial has been refurbished, I am happy to do this again. Contact me – Jacqueline savingourtrees@gmail.com

As for the $500,000 upgrade of the Town Hall Forecourt, it is exactly as I envisaged & not to my liking at all.  I find it hard, grey & cold.  It will be miserable in winter & hot in summer.  I also miss the trees & the sound of birds, which is to be expected.  Time will tell whether the community love these works or it is considered as bad as the upgrade of Alex Trevillion Plaza further down Marrickville Road.

The $75,000 plans for the Marrickville Town Hall Forecourt upgrade had the objective “….to create an austere response.”  They achieved their objective.  See what you think.

Plaque on the Marrickville War Memorial

Plaque on the Marrickville War Memorial

The repaired Marrickville War memorial

The repaired Marrickville War memorial.  Very nice to see wreaths & gold lettering.

Not so nice to see flooding around the War Memorial.  This is brand new work & it should not be retaining water.

Not so nice to see flooding around the War Memorial. This is brand new work & it should not be retaining water.

More retained water on the other side of the Marrickville War memorial

More retained water on the other side of the Marrickville War memorial.

Looking across the Marrickville War memorial towards St Clement's Church

Looking across the Marrickville War Memorial towards St Clement’s Church.

Looking at the Marrickville War Memorial from Petersham Road.

Looking at the Marrickville War Memorial from Petersham Road.

Brass rails from the Petersham Road side

Brass rails from the Petersham Road side

The landscaping.

The landscaping.

Looking across the Marrickville Town Hall forecourt.  Note the car blocking the disabled entry to the Town Hall.

Looking across the Marrickville Town Hall forecourt down Marrickville Road & showing the Magnolia tree.  .Note the car blocking the disabled entry into the Town Hall.  

Seating & landscaping around the Magnolia tree.

Seating & landscaping around the Magnolia tree.

A long view of the Marrickville Town Hall forecourt.  Find the tree.

A long view of the Marrickville Town Hall forecourt.

The side of Marrickville Town Hall denuded of trees.

The side of Marrickville Town Hall denuded of trees.

 

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