Military history of Hunters Hill

This month’s walk was our first look at the richness of military heritage in Hunters Hill.  We started at the War Memorial where our guide Rod Stewart explained its move from the corner of Ferry Street to its current location.  We inspected the rare German Howitzer – one of only six of its kind in the world – given to Hunters Hill in recognition of the great sacrifice residents had made in contributing more men per capita to WW1 than anywhere else in Australia!

HHT walkers (Image K Presland)

After a look at other military items housed in the Museum, we walked to the new memorial wall outside the RSL Hall which holds several plaques, including one made by Alan Somervillle, the sculptor of the soldiers on ANZAC bridge, and then we saw the Memorial Tree on Alexandra Street (who knew?) before arriving at All Saints Church.

There we were treated to a fascinating tour by Rev Michael Armstrong of the Church’s beautiful stained glass windows including those commemorating the fallen, including a rare set of windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones and made by Morris & Co.  The touching human stories behind these beautiful memorials were truly inspiring.  A homemade morning tea provided for us by the RSL completed a fascinating and informative walk.

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