Altona War Memorials
GIFT TO ALTONA
A memorial commemorating those who lost their lives while serving in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during World War I 1914-1918 (Great War), unveiled in 1928 on the tenth anniversary after the war ended.
Located at the northern end of Altona pier on the Esplanade, the memorial was a gift to the community from the recently formed Ex-Service Men and Women’s Club, now better known as the Altona RSL (Returned Services League) and local residents who generously donated to the cause.
The memorial was unveiled on Monday, 4 June 1928 on the day when the King’s birthday was celebrated, and 10 years after the end of WWI. This was the first of three memorials that have been erected within Altona.
The following document prepared by one of our researchers, Ann Cassar, explains the full story.