|Rose and Kevin Harwick with their daughter Jackie Slyp and|
master chainsaw carver Eddie Freeman in front of the new
sculptures at Magra this morning.
The brothers have been immortalised in two sculptures by master chainsaw carver Eddie Freeman, of Ross, who has been doing similar work for more than 30 years.
The project has been driven by Jackie Slyp, a keen historian with a family connection to the brothers. With help from her mother, Rose Hardwick, she researched the soldiers and found $25,000 in sponsorship and grant funding to bring the memorial to fruition.
|Guests at the unveiling this morning.|
|Sandra Hetherington from Norske Skog, left, Guy Barnett MHA,|
Craig Farrell MLC and Brian Mitchell MHR.
|Brian Mitchell unveiled the Harold Harris statue.|
Ms Slyp said the new carvings by Eddie Freeman respectfully and appropriately acknowledged the supreme sacrifice made by the young men. Mr Freeman explained that the sculptures had deliberately been placed facing inwards towards the old school, with the men depicted reading and writing, rather than fighting. An interpretation panel sits between the two carvings to provide information about their purpose and the story of the Harris brothers.
Derwent MLC Craig Farrell was master of ceremonies for today's event, introducing the guest speakers and acknowledging the supporters of the project.
|New Norfolk RSL representative Phil Pyke and bugler|
John O'Carroll from the Derwent Valley Concert Band.
He described the area at the old Magra school as hallowed ground. "The students in this school wanted to highlight and commemorate the memory of those two Harris brothers, and that's what they did. So this is it, we are right here where they went to school," he said.
|Guests and officials after the unveiling of the carvings.|
Mr Farrell then called on Mr Barnett, Mr Mitchell and Sandra Hetherington, representing Norske Skog, to unveil the two sculptures and the interpretation panel. After this, Phil Pyke from the New Norfolk RSL recited The Ode of Remembrance (For The Fallen), and bugler John O'Carroll from the Derwent Valley Concert Band played the Last Post and Reveille. The official proceedings were then followed by lunch in the CWA rooms.
|The view of the sculptures and the old school from the road.|
The same venue last weekend hosted the 50th anniversary of the Magra Fire Brigade.