Victoria's Proud War History Lives on Through our Booklet

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust was delighted to recently publish the booklet; Victorian War Heritage – The Rich War History of Springvale War Cemetery and Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

This informative booklet, full of touching stories with details of daring and poignant acts of bravery, will be made available to schools and community groups, free of charge.

The author, Dr Celestina Sagazio, Historian and Manager of Cultural Heritage SMCT said, “It was a fascinating process researching and writing about the rich war heritage of two significant burial grounds. Learning about their individual heroics, deepens our compassion and enhances our admiration for their courage, resilience and commitment to public duty.”

Located within the grounds of Springvale Botanical Cemetery (SBC), the Springvale War Cemetery has 612 burials and is the secondlargest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Australia. This cemetery, together with the war graves located within SBC, comprise the most comprehensive war graves history in Victoria.

“Victorian citizens have been involvedin wars since the 19th century, and this booklet commemorates the considerable service of many individualswho participated in major conflicts. We’re so proud that Victorian War Heritage will make their stories known to a new generation of Victorians,” said Jane Grover, CEO SMCT.

Funding for Victorian War Heritage was received from the Veterans Council of the Victorian Department of Premier
and Cabinet.

Click here to download a copy of Victorian War Heritage.