February 20 – Martin Place Cenotaph

Martin Place Cenotaph

Some mornings I walk to work past the Cenotaph at Martin Place and note the various bouquets and wreaths that have been left. It’s a nice touch to have this reflective monument so accessible in the CBD.

The Cenotaph was built in 1927 at a cost of ten-thousand pounds and weighs 20 tons. It depicts a solder, Private William Pigott Darby, and a naval officer Leading Seaman John William Varco.

On this morning a particular arrangement took my eye with a note stuck to the front. It read:

In memory of all those who fought for Australia and never again smelt the Gum Trees of Home.

There are countless things that make life in Australia unique, but something common to everyone is the eucalyptus leaf and it’s distinctive smell.

By way of warning – I found ‘Wincey’ the spider last night, and she’ll make a (rather gruesome) appearance next.


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