A quirky tale of local history relates the choice of …

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A quirky tale of local history relates the choice of Untyeyetwelye (otherwise also once known as View Hill or Stott Hill) as the site of the Anzac monument in Alice Springs.
In the early 1930s it was originally intended to construct the monument at the new cemetery (today’s Memorial Drive Cemetery) which at the time was a considerable distance out of town.
A war veteran, Jack Novice, suggested the Anzac monument might better be placed on View Hill overlooking the town. His idea wasn’t supported at first as it was considered impractical and expensive to haul material up to the top of the hill to construct it; however, Mr Novice (who was the first RSL secretary in Alice Springs) stated he had been able to drive a car to the top despite there being no road.
Dr D R Brown took up the challenge, declaring that if Jack Novice was correct then he too should be able to drive his own A-model Ford to the top, and if he could do this then that is where the monument should be built.
Dr Brown duly drove his car without difficulty to the summit and so the decision was taken to proceed with construction of the monument on top of what became Anzac Hill.
This story apparently conflicts with another version that the Reverend Harry Griffiths drove to the top of the hill.

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It’s worth noting that many of the plaques that “stud the walking path along the river” as a major component of the “Australian Armed Forces Commemorative Walk” might be described as “understated.”
Recently I walked along part of that pathway and found that many are now so faded they are barely legible.
All that public expense in their production and installation – only a little over two years ago – appears to be well on the way to being wasted.
Perhaps it’s in keeping with the demise of the RSL Club on the north side of Anzac Hill, which couldn’t sustain the attempt to revive its operation at the time. The whole exercise seems to have been badly mishandled.


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