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The Garden of the Grieving Mother is designed to be a space for contemplation and reflection, honouring and acknowledging the grief and anxiety experienced by those “at home”; the mothers, fathers, families and friends left behind, waiting for news of loved ones serving in foreign lands in times of war.

Located at the Arch of Victory in Sturt Street, the garden’s inspiration came from World War I but it is intended as a tribute to the mothers and families of all Australian servicemen and women in all wars.

The bronze, life-size statue at the heart of the garden is the work of prominent Australian sculptor Peter Corlett OAM

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Learmonth Street, Alfredton VIC 3350


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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.

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