Mark Dober

Peace 1919

Oil on canvas

51 x 61cm

Mark Dober_Peace 1919

I have located my subject far from Gallipoli:  a peace cairn in the bush, near Maldon in central Victoria.

 

This cairn was erected in 1919 on the site of the old Nuggetty school (now gone).  Frederick Moss and his son Pte Phil Moss of the 4th Light Horse, Egypt 1915 and 101st Howitzer Br France 1916 – 18 erected this cairn to commemorate the end of World War One.

 

The bush seems protective of this lone memorial: a metaphor for both the distance in time and place, yet presence, that Gallipoli represents for us today.