Eltham students George Cooper and Ellen Payne with City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch secretary Wilson McClelland.
Eltham students George Cooper and Ellen Payne with City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch secretary Wilson McClelland.

Memorial garden at Eltham

The students at Eltham Public School now have a permanent way of commemorating the Australians who gave and lost their lives in war.

Last Thursday Eltham’s oldest student, Ellen Payne, and youngest, George Cooper, joined the City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch secretary Wilson McClelland in cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the school’s Memorial Garden.

“We remember those who lost their lives in war,” Ellen said.

Principal Lyndi Hauenstein said that when she was applying for the grant for the garden she realised that the pine trees at the entrance of the school had been planted to recognise the former students who went away to support the war effort in Europe.

The RSL gave the school a rosemary bush that had been grown from cuttings taken from Gallipoli in the First World War.

“The futility of war needs to be passed on to future generations,” Sub-Branch president Cec Harris said.


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