PROPOSAL FOR KINGSBURY VC MONUMENT
Sasha Uzunov, a Reservoir freelance photo journalist and former Australian soldier who served in East Timor, says he wants to propose to Darebin City Council that they place a statue of one of Australia’s greatest World War II heroes Private Bruce Kingsbury VC at the Reservoir Cenotaph in Edwardes Street, Reservoir, Melbourne, Australia.
Private Kingsbury lived in the City of Darebin (covering the suburbs of Northcote, Thornbury, Preston, Reservoir, Regent and Kingsbury).
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When the World War II broke out Kingsbury quickly enlisted. Sent to Palestine Kingsbury saw action in both Egypt and Syria. In 1942, Kingsbury’s unit, the 2/14th Battalion was posted to Port Moresby.
But the cost was high. Kingsbury was now about 15 yards in front of his colleagues. A Japanese sniper fired a single shot, killing Kingsbury, before fleeing into the jungle.
Mr Pete Crockett – Secretary of The Kingsbury Society is seeking to have created by renowned local sculptor, Peter Corlett, a full-sized bronze statue of Bruce Kingsbury, to cost approximately $100,000 and to be located in Melbourne’s City of Darebin.
“Unfortunately we are many years away from reaching that target of funding,” Mr Crockett said.
PETER CROCKETT – Secretary of The Kingsbury Society. To contact him call 0404 560 424
5RAR – Pte L.T. Farren memorial plaque / ceremony
Photographs of the Occasion
The memorial plaque, kindly sponsored by the VVAA – Vic Branch, and with technical support from the Darebin City Council. The plaque inscription reads: “