Hawkesbury soil collected to remember Anzacs

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett, RSL Sub Branch members, Reverend Chris Jones and students and teachers from Windsor Public School and St Matthew’s Primary School gathered at the Windsor War Memorial for the soil collection ceremony.
The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett, RSL Sub Branch members, Reverend Chris Jones and students and teachers from Windsor Public School and St Matthew’s Primary School gathered at the Windsor War Memorial for the soil collection ceremony.

Local school students, RSL Sub Branch members, Reverend Chris Jones and the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett attended a special ceremony recently to collect soil from Windsor War Memorial.

The historic soil collection was for the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project, which recognises World War I enlistees who are to be honoured as part of an amazing artwork at the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett said the project involves the collection of soil from 1,699 locations across NSW that had Australians enlist for World War I. The project stands to remind us that people from all areas of NSW answered the call to defend our country and continue to do so.

Artist Fiona Hall was selected through an art commission process in 2016 to create an artwork for the Anzac Memorial extension. Her artwork will be seamlessly integrated into the architecture of the new Hall of Service with a civic space that architecturally and artistically mirrors the Hall of Memory in the original building.

“I know we will all be very proud to have the Hawkesbury soil from our various memorial sites included in the Artwork of the Anzac Memorial, in remembrance of the Hawkesbury soldiers who sacrificed so much for our freedom and our country,” Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett concluded.