Thirty-two of Hobart’s hidden veterans recognised

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THIRTY-TWO headstones and plaques have been unveiled for World War One veterans buried at Cornelian Bay cemetery.

The Tasmanian Headstone Project was created in 2011 to properly honour veterans who were buried in unmarked graves or in circumstances where a headstone had been lost.

Experts have advised that there may be more than 250 soldiers buried in unmarked graves in the cemetery.

Headstones have been placed on 201 of these graves, with a recent 32 headstones erected, which were officially unveiled recently by Federal and State Ministers for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester and Guy Barnett

“To be buried without acknowledgement after having served your country in battle is a tragic and sad circumstance,” Mr Chester said.

“I congratulate the Headstone Project for the extensive work they have done to bring this project to fruition and ensure that these First World War servicemen are appropriately recognised here in Tasmania.

“The headstones will be a lasting tribute to those who have proudly served Australia.

“As a nation, it is incredibly important we remember and reflect on the service of the almost two million Australians who have served in the Navy, Army and Air Force over a century of service.”

Mr Barnett said after a century of neglect, the headstones had restored a lasting legacy to our fallen.

“They link the past to the present and enable people to remember and respect the service and sacrifice of those who fought and died for their country,” he said.

While in Hobart, Mr Chester met veterans’ groups in a round-table workshop at Anglesea Barracks and inspected progress on three projects funded under the Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board.

Federal Government funding for the three public fund projects totals almost $10 million.

This includes the $8 million Bridge of Remembrance, linking the Cenotaph in Hobart with the Queens Domain Walk, the $1.1 million Soldiers Memorial Avenue and the $300,000 Flame of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.

Caption: State Federal Veterans Affairs Minister Guy Barnett, Federal Veterans Affairs Minister Darren Chester, and Angela Gerrard and Ron Gerrard from the Tasmanian Headstones Project.

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