Sergeant Lowerson VC statue to bring people to Myrtleford

22 April 2015

The official opening of the Albert Lowerson VC bronze memorial statue in Myrtleford tomorrow is expected to bring many visitors to the town, now and in the future.

Alpine Shire Mayor, Cr Jan Vonarx said Alby Lowerson’s Victoria Cross story is well known in Myrtleford and given the central location of the statue, would now also make an impression on generations to come.

“In this, the 100th anniversary of Australians landing at Gallipoli, it is very timely to remember Alby Lowerson and his courage, in recognition of all those who have served this country,” Cr Vonarx said.

“In addition to the official proceedings on Thursday, many tourists follow the Commonwealth Military Heritage trail to visit the towns where citizens have been awarded a Victoria Cross. These include our near neighbours Albury and Euroa, so we expect these visitors will in future also call into Myrtleford,” she said.

Alby Lowerson fought in the first World War and while at Mont St Quentin, France on 1 September 1918, led seven other soldiers to overrun 12 strategic German machine gun posts and captured 30 prisoners. He was awarded the VC by King George V at Buckingham Palace in 1919 prior to returning to Myrtleford.

The official opening of the 2m bronze statue will start at 4pm at the Myrtleford Memorial Cenotaph. It will be officially unveiled by the Hon Tim Fischer AC. This will lead into ANZAC day ceremonies at the same venue on 25 April at 6am and 11am.


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