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Best we forget

In common with many diggers, these shattered remains of the former Manly memorial were also carved from Italian marble. It was destroyed by vandals in 1990 who tied it by chain to their car and ripped it from its foundations. They were charged and found guilty, but not made to pay for the damages. Dismembered and beheaded, its shattered remains have been stored ever since at Council’s Herbert Street Depot in Lota. Image from Dr Richard Walding's Manly War Memorial website.

Guest blogger: Mark Clayton. When Catholic Movement workers vandalised Toowong’s Canon Garland war memorial last month there followed, predictably, a chorus of outrage. Politicians and Returned Services League (RSL) leaders were among the first to express their disgust, much as those arrested might have hoped.  These disbelieving voices, united in their shock that any one … Read more