From the street walk through the Memorial Gates and you are in 2/24 Battalion Drive - the main entrance to the Cemetery.
Immediately on the right is the bluestone Memorial Wall with gumtree sentinels. These 24 eucalyptus trees are dedicated to the memory of the men who gave their lives in the cause of freedom during World War 2. The trees were planted on 29 May 1993 in two rows of twelve trees each side of the wall to define the Battalion. Two trees stand on the other side of 2/24 Battalion Drive to symbolise the Second AIF, completing the symbol of 2/24.
The Memorial Wall consists a centre bluestone column with the Honour Roll of the men of the 2/24th who died on active service; abutted on each side by individual plaques of the Battalion Commanders. Over 250 other individual plaques, dedicated to servicemen who have died since the War, are mounted on the bluestone walls. The plaques are inscribed and mounted by the local stonemasons, Wright Memorials of Wangaratta.
Families of 2/24th who wish to have a plaque honouring their serviceman should contact the Secretary of the 2/24 Battalion Association to request an Application Form.
Contact details are Mail: Secretary, 2/24 Battalion Association, 503/2 Barnet Way, Richmond, Vic 3121 Email: email@example.com
The cost of a plaque is $88 inc GST. Details of payment are on the Application Form.
Timeline of the Precinct
The trees were planted on 29 May 1993.
The avenue of trees was dedicated at a Service held on 23 November 1993.
The Timeline Plaque opposite the Wall was unveiled by Mayor of Wangaratta, Cr Ray Lawford, on 23 October 1993.
The Memorial Wall was unveiled on 8 November 1997 by the Mayor of Wangaratta, Cr Geoff Dinning and 2/24 President, Alan Macfarlane, and dedication by Robin Mitchell VX67518.
The Bluestone Piers and Gates were unveiled on 10 November 2007 by Mayor of Wangaratta, Cr Don Joyce, and President of 2/24 Battalion Association, Alan Macfarlane, and dedicated by The Right Rev David Farrer, the Bishop of Wangaratta.
The Marble Panels above the Honour Roll were unveiled on 5 November 2011 by the Mayor of Wangaratta, Cr Anthony Griffiths and President of 2/24 Association, Doug Dobson, and dedicated by Association Secretary, Alastair Davison.
The Drinking Fountain in the gazebo was donated by the Weir Family and dedicated by the Very Rev Michael O'Brien on 10 November 2012. The entrance road was named 2/24 Battalion Drive in 2012.
The Bench Seat facing the Wall from across the drive was donated by Hautrie Crick in memory of his Tobruk mates. It was unveiled and dedicated on 9 November 2013.
Memorial Gates named as Alan Macfarlane Gates, and unveiled on 24 April 2021 by Faye Macfarlane and Isabel Dunstan OAM.