Springvale Botanical Cemetery unveiled the Victoria Cross Memorial to mark Remembrance Day

At 4.00pm, Sunday 10 November 2013, a significant memorial, honouring the State's Victoria Cross recipients, was unveiled adjacent to the Australian War Graves, located within Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

The unveiling followed the annual RSL Remembrance Service conducted at the cemetery. The VC Memorial was a Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) initiative, commemorating the conspicuous bravery of 39 Victorian VC recipients, including six British VC recipients who settled or deceased here.

Each of the Memorial's 39 plaques detail the citation given at the time the VC was awarded, providing valuable insights into the recipient's character, such as:

"His work has always been marked by the greatest coolness and bravery."

"By his gallant and determined action he saved a critical situation, prevented many casualties, and was mainly, if not entirely, responsible for the final objective being taken."

The remains of five recipients and some family members are placed at the memorial:

  • Sergeant James Rogers, his wife, Ethel Maud Rogers and son James Callow Rogers
  • Sergeant William Ruthven and his wife, Irene May Ruthven
  • Corporal William Dunstan and his wife, Marjorie Dunstan
  • Lieutenant Lawrence Dominic McCarthy and his wife, Florence Minnie McCarthy
  • Private William Jackson

The unveiling ceremony was performed by the Chair of SMCT, Ms Sue Renkin, the RSL State President, Major General David McLachlan and Mr John Saddington.