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The Commemorative Plaques Project has been a voluntarily project for the sculptor but substantial money has been needed to achieve the end result. Ross Bastiaan has all the funds for the fabrication, cementation and maintenance of the plaques around the world. To date over A$300,000 has been provided by predominantly private companies both in Australia and abroad. The Australian Government has also given significant assistance. The Headquarters of The Returned & Services League of Australia has generously provided central, regulated banking facilities and auditing services for the funds raised.

The most important supporter of the plaques has been
Arrow Foundry in Cheltenham, Melbourne. This company has done all the casting of the plaques and at cost. Help from all staff has been continual and generous especially with the often-tight deadlines imposed by anniversary commemorations abroad. Of all people who have helped the sculptor, Mr Lawrie Robson stands out. He, with the sculpture has helped design and prepare the outlay of each plaque in the collection and even when under pressure has never failed.

Of the many companies that have given support three stand out. WMC, through its C.E.O. Mr Hugh Morgan, has given both repeatedly and generously to the plaque projects. AMP and
John-Allison/Monkhouse have always provided funding when asked and many executives in other companies have supported the projects at board level. Airlines such as Qantas, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Olympic, Thai International and Gulf Air have often carried the 80-kilogram plaques free or in kind.

Individual ex-patriot Australians have been outstanding when logistic support has been required in far off places. The Kokoda series in PNG would never have been completed without the help of Dr Richard Pickworth MBE, Mr Frank Taylor and Mr Eric Wynn. In Thailand, John Moushall moved mountains of red tape whilst in Borneo, Richard and Nicky Home constructed the plinths at their cost. These are the Australians you never hear about but they gave freely of their time and money, never seeking acknowledgment, unlike so many others. Local people, like Andrew Chong and Tan Sri Ben Stephens in Sabah gained local government support when negotiations were slowed whilst Dr John Laffin the well known Australian military historian has always been in the back ground with sound advice and encouragement, especially in France and Belgium. The sculptor thanks his friend Professor Peter Reade AM for being with him on most of the overseas trips and helping in the installation of the plaques and photographing events.

The work of Owen O'Brien in Sydney was invaluable in the Gallipoli project when he forged the financial links vital at the start of the whole plaque saga. Equally Tony Charlton OAM of Melbourne opened sponsors doors to complete the funding of Gallipoli plaques. Charlton also privately funded the Bullicourt plaque requesting anonymity.

The Australian Government, besides funding some plaques has provided expertise through the Department of Veterans Affairs in Canberra and especially through the division of The Office of the Australian War Graves. The Ministers of Veterans Affairs including The Hon. Ben Humphries, John Fawkner and the present Minister Bruce Scott, have over the years provided the extra assistance when sort to secure the projects abroad. In France and Belgium the OAWG organized all the plinths and particular thanks are extended to Admiral Neal Ralph and Air-Vice Marshal Alan Heggin. The current Director, Air Vice Marshall Beck installed the plaque at Sandakan and the revised text at Fromelles, his assistance is appreciated.
In the United Kingdom, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has offered valuable advice and assistance with the plaques. In particular their support ensured that the Tobruk plaque was installed and later repaired. The location of the plaques have at times caused difficulties for the CWGC but over the years they have been most generous with their collaboration.
The staff at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra have often come to the rescue when historical details were needed, especially Dr Peter Stanley. The Memorials chairman General Peter Gration AC OBE when Chief of the Defence Force was a strong supporter, especially with logistic support for the Kokoda Trail project.

The person most committed to help has always been the sculptor's wife Deborah. She has proof read and amended the text on every plaque and has tolerated years of intrusion into family life by the many hundreds of people who have been part of the plaque projects.

Projects as broad reaching are never the result of one persons work but rather a collective effort for a common good.


COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE SPONSORSHIPS


TURKEY (1990) - Gallipoli Series - tells the story of Australia's and
New Zealand's involvement at Anzac on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. Sponsorship

1. Ari Burnu ............................................................................................. AMP Society
2. Anzac Cove ......................................................................................... BHP
3. Shrapnel Valley .................................................................................... Wormald
4. Shell Green .......................................................................................... Wormald
5. Lone Pine ............................................................................................. BHP
6. Courtney's & Steeles' Post .................................................................... John Allison/Monkhouse
7. Quinn's Post ......................................................................................... ANZ
8. The Nek ............................................................................................... AMP
9. Chunuk Bair .......................................................................................... Qantas
10. Hill 971 ............................................................................................... Coca Cola Amatil
11. Gallipoli Map - Chunuk Bair ................................................................. Air New Zealand
12. Gallipoli Map - Kaba Tepe Museum
13. Sponsors' Plaque - Kaba Tepe Museum
14. Plaques Guide Plaque - English
15. Plaques Guide Plaque - Turkish
16. Gallipoli Map - House of Commons, London
17. Gallipoli Map - Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
18. Gallipoli Map - Queen Elizabeth II Military Museum, Wellington, New Zealand
19. Gallipoli Map - Australian War Memorial, Canberra


GREECE AND CRETE SERIES (1991) - tells the story of Australians,
New Zealanders and British in the battles of mainland Greece and in Crete 1941.
20. Thermopylae Pass - Greece .................................................................(Returned & Services League Australia,
21. Hania - Crete ......................................................................................(Returned Services Association
22. Rethymnon - Crete ..............................................................................(of New Zealand and Air New Zealand
23. Iraklion - Crete
24. Australian War Memorial, Canberra


SINGAPORE SERIES (1992) tells the story of the battle of Singapore and -subsequent period of captivity for Allied servicemen and women at Changi Prison.
25. Changi Plaque - Changi Prison Main Gate ............................................................... Barclays Bank
26. Changi Plaque - Changi Museum
27. Changi Plaque - Australian War Memorial
28. Kranji Plaque - Kranji Cemetery, Singapore ............................................................ Australian Reinsurers
29. Kranji Plaque - Australian War Memorial


THAILAND (1992, 1994) - Burma Thailand Series - tells the story of the suffering and achievements of Allied Prisoners of War who built the Burma-Thailand Railway.

30. Bridge on the River Kwai (Tha Makham) Plaque ........................................ Siam Commercial Bank
31. Kanchanaburi Plaque ................................................................................ Pacific Dunlop
32. Hell Fire Pass Plaque ................................................................................ Commercial Union, UK
33. Nam Tok Plaque ....................................................................................... Siam Commercial Bank
34. Bridge on the River Kwai Plaque - Imperial War Museum, England
35. Hell Fire Pass Plaque - Australian War Memorial
36.Three Pagodas Pass - Border Thailand-Burma............................................ POW UK, USA & Australia

A small series of plaques placed in Thailand to commemorate Sir Edward Dunlop's ashes being spread on the Railway and the work to preserve the site.

37. Dunlop Plaque - Hell Fire Pass ..................................................................... Hell Fire Pass Fund
38. Hell Fire Pass Staircase Plaque
39. Time Capsule Plaque - Hell Fire Pass Time Capsule


BURMA SERIES (1994) - tells the story of Allied Prisoners of War struggle in Burma.

40. Thanbyuzayat Plaque - CWG Cemetery, Thanbyuzayat, Burma ..................... Hell Fire Pass Fund
41. Time Capsule Plaque - Thanbyuzayat Cemetery


PAPUA NEW GUINEA (1992,1996) - Kokoda series tells of Australian defence and ultimate victory over the Japanese in the Owen Stanley Mountains, Papua New Guinea, and later with the Americans on the beaches to the north.

I. Large Plaque Series
42. Parliament House Port Moresby Plaque .................................................. Western Mining Corporation
43. Sogeri and Owers Comer Plaque ............................................................ Western Mining Corporation
44. Kokoda Village Plaque ........................................................................... Australian Government
45. Popondetta Plaque ................................................................................ Western Mining Corporation
46. Bomana War Cemetery Plaque .............................................................. Australian Government
47. Kokoda Village Plaque - Australian War Memorial

II. Small Plaque Series
48. Efogi Village ................................................................................. Western Mining Corporation
49. Templeton's Crossing II ................................................................. Western Mining Corporation
50. Eora Creek .................................................................................... Western Mining Corporation
51. Alola Village .................................................................................. Western Mining Corporation
52. Isurava Village .............................................................................. Western Mining Corporation
53. Buna Village ................................................................................. Arrow Bronze, Melbourne
54. Sanananda Mission ........................................................................ Arrow Bronze, Melbourne
55. Gona Village .................................................................................. Arrow Bronze, Melbourne
56. Brigade Hill ................................................................................... Three Victorian Parliamentarians


Milne Bay series (1992) tells of the Australian and US defeat of the Japanese at Milne Bay in 1942.

57. Alota, Milne Bay .......................................................................... Milne Bay Tourist Authority
58. Gurney Airport, Milne Bay ............................................................ Australasian Post and Veterans
59. Australian War Memorial


FRENCH SERIES (1993) - tells of Australia's role in the battles of the Western Front 1916-1918. All major battlefields on which they fought
contain a plaque.
60. Villers Bretonneaux - Town Hall ......................................................... John Allison/Monkhouse
61. Villers Bretonneaux - Australian National Memorial ............................. Mt Isa Mines
62. Pozieres - Windmill Site ...................................................................... Returned & Services League Australia
63. Pozieres - Gibraltar Site - I st Division Memorial .................................. AMP Society
64. Mont St Quentin - 2nd Division Memorial ........................................... AMP Society
65. Peronne - Historiale Museum ............................................................. Acatel, France
66. Bullicourt - Australian Memorial ......................................................... Tony Chariton
67. Fromelles - VC Comer Cemetery ........................................................ Arrow Bronze, Melbourne
68. Hamel - Town Hall ........................................................................... Groupe Carbone Lorraine & Sculptor
69. Mouquet Farm
70. Villers Bretonneaux plaque - Australian War Memorial


BELGIUM SERIES (1993) - tells of Australia's role from 1916-1917 in the fighting in Belgium during the Great War.

71. Ypres - Menin Gate ............................................................................ John Allison/Monkhouse
72. Passchendaele - Centre Village ......................................................... Habersberger Family
73. Messines - Centre Village ................................................................... BHP


SPANISH CIVIL WAR (1993) - tells the story of Australians who volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

74. Spanish Civil War Plaque - Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra


ISRAEL (1995) - Beer-Sheva Plaque - tells of the Australian Light Horse and the capture of Beer-Sheva in 1917.

75. Beer-Sheva - Allenby Park, Beer-Sheva ........................................... Pioneer International Pty Ltd
76. Caulfield Park, City of Glen Eira (Melbourne) .................................... Pioneer International Pty Ltd
77. Australian War Memorial ................................................................... Pioneer International Pty Ltd


EGYPT (1995) - El Alamein Series - tells of Australia's major role in the 1942 battle of El Alamein.

78. 9th Australian Division Memorial Plaque at El Alamein Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery (English-Arabic) ................................................... 9th Aust. Div. Veterans. Assoc. & Grollo Aust. PIL
79. Italian El Alamein Ossuary & Memorial (English & Italian) .................. Grollo Australia Pty Ltd
80. Australian War Memorial ........................................................................ Grollo Australia Pty Ltd


PUPUA NEW GUINEA (1995) - Wewak - tells of the final campaign in PNG fought by the Australians and Japanese in 1945.

81. Wewak Plaque .......................................................................................... Australian Government
82. Kenna VC Plaque ..................................................................................... Australian Government


AUSTRALIA (Melbourne) (1995) - Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop Memorial, St Kilda Road - series of plaques which were commissioned by the Sir Edward Dunlop Memorial Committee. The Memorial was designed by Ross Bastiaan and centred around the sculpture of Peter Corlett of Sir Edward Dunlop.

83. Changi Prison Medical Plaque.
84. River Kwai Medical Plaque.
85. Two plaques telling Sir Edward Dunlop's life history written for the period from 1907-1945 and 1946-93.


A further 8 plaques were made recording the names of all Army and Navy doctors captured by the Japanese from 1941 to 1945.


AUSTRALIA (Melbourne) (1996) - War Cabinet Rooms, St Kilda Road - displays the disposition of Australia's armed forces during WWII and the central role of Cabinet Rooms in these decisions.

86. War Cabinet Rooms Plaque - outside Victoria Barracks ........................... Australian Government


AUSTRALIA (Melbourne) (1996) - Melbourne Cricket Ground - tells the history of the MCG.

87. Members' Pavilion ................................................................................... Melbourne Cricket Club


LIBYA (Tobruk) (1996) - tells of Australia, Britain and Poland's role in the 1942 Seige of Tobruk.

88. Tobruk Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery (English, Arabic and Polish) .... 9th Div. Assoc., Rats of Tobruk Assoc. (Aust & UK) & associated groups and individuals
89. Australian War Memorial, Canberra.


INDIVIDUAL PLAQUES
90. Lt L. McCarthy, VC Plaque - Vermondovilliers, France (1993)
91. Gallipoli Map (Small) - Hamilton, Victoria (1993) ............................................... Hamilton RSL
92. Gallipoli Map (Small) - Moorabbin, Melbourne (1993) ............................... Moorabbin Council
93. Gallipoli Map (Small) - Deniliquin, NSW (1993) ................................................ Delinquin RSL
94. Dunlop Plaque - City of Essendon, Melbourne (1994) ..................................... City of Essendon
95. Gallipoli Map (Small) - Wesley College, Melbourne (1996) ....................................... Sculptor


KOKODA TRAIL WALK - AUSTRALIA (Upper Ferntree Gully) (1997-98) Dandenong Rangers National Park - location of 11 bronze plaques along the length of One Tree Hill " 1000 steps" walking path from upper ferntree Gully to the top of One Tree Hill.m The plaques tell the story of the Kokoda Trail conflict and are located straticallt along the walking track. Done in collaberation. with Parks Victoria.

96. Kokoda Trail - one metre square bronze .................................................... WMC
97. Owers Comer - small plaque ............................................................... WMC
98. Imita Ridge - small ........................................................................ WMC
99. Brigade Hill - small ......................................................................... WMC
100. Templeton's Crossing - small ................................................................. WMC
101. Eora Creek - small ............................................................................. WMC
102. Alola Village - small ........................................................................... WMC
103. Iusurava - small ................................................................................. WMC
104. Kokoda Village - small ........................................................................ WMC
105. Introduction plaque - bottom walk ........................................................... WMC
106. Introduction plaque - top walk ............................................................... WMC


AUSTRALIA (Sydney Harbour) (1998) GULF WAR PLAQUE - commemorates Australia's commitment to the Gulf War of 1990-1991.

107. Pott's Point - Sydney Harbour, Australia ....................... Tenix Defence Systems P/L.
108. Australian War Memorial, Canberra ....................................... Royal Australian Navy


LONDON ANZAC MEMORIAL (1998) Gallipoli Plaque

109. Gallipoli Plaque at the Anzac memorial in Battersea Park London


UNITED STATES of AMERICA (1998) Gage Accident at Cavandish commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the famous medical case of Phedius Gage's frontal brain damage

110. Gage Accident Plaque- center of Cavandish New Hampshire


BORNEO CAMPAIGN (1998) - tells the story of the Australian liberation of Borneo (Kalimantan & British North Borneo) in 1945

111. Balikpapan (East Kalimantan, Indonesia) beside the 7th AIF Memorial main road Balikpapan
112. Tarakan (East Kalimantan, Indonesia) Main entrance Tarakan Wharf, Tarakan Island.
113. Labuan Island (Sabah, Malaysia) Surrender Point adjacent to 9th Div. AIF Memorial.
114. Balikpapan Plaque Australian War Memorial, Canberra


SANDAKAN & RANAU DEATH MARCH PLAQUES (1998) tells the story of the Allied POW experiences in Borneo where, under the Japanese, over 2000 died.

115. Sandakan (Sabah, Malaysia) at the entrance to the Australian Memorial Park, Sandakan
116. Kinabalu War Memorial inside the Australian garden at the large terraced Memorial at Kundasang, Sabah (near the village of Ranau).
117. Sandakan Plaque Australian War Memorial, Canberra


KOREAN WAR (1998) - tells the story of Australia's role in the Korean War of 1950-53

118. United Nations Cemetery, Pusan Korea -- plaque mounted on ground just above the Australian section of the cemetery containing the grave stones of all the Australian's buried in Korea.
119. Kapyong Anzac Memorial, Kapyong Valley Korea - site on south side of valley above the area of the famous 1953 battle. Site under preparation for 50th anniversary unveiling.

 



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