Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tribute wall nears completion

Bricklayers at work on the wall.
WORK is nearing completion on the Derwent Valley tribute wall at Arthur Square in New Norfolk. The curved sandstone-like wall will feature the names of local pioneers on one side, while the other side will list the names of the municipality's Australia Day Award recipients.

Project manager Ngaire Glover said credit for the idea was due to Dorothy Robinson, who had initially raised the matter of a pioneer wall with the New Norfolk Historical Information Centre some years ago.

Mrs Glover revived the idea when the Derwent Valley Council asked the community for proposals for funding under the Federal Government's Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Project. Mrs Robinson and Mrs Glover put a formal grant application proposal to the council and the $11,000 project was approved by the Federal Government last year.

Mrs Glover said professional plans had been drawn up and the site on the High St side of Arthur Square was accessible and visible. The curved wall reflects a river theme and the use of sandstone-coloured smooth-faced bricks is both aesthetically pleasing and will enable brass plaques to be installed.

Descendants of pioneering families are invited to put their name forward to purchase a plaque to add to the wall. For more information contact Mrs Glover on 0419 337 608.


  1. The Devils AdvocateApril 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    A quick question, what about the little plaques up and down Pioneer Ave, are they being moved to the wall?