Chapter 14
Accessing Melbourne
The monument comprises the Shrine and forecourt, including a WWII Memorial,
the Eternal Flame, Cenotaph and Flagpoles. Upon closing each day the last post
is played as the flag is lowered. Access to the Shrine is limited. Large flights of
steps limit access from the lawns. A brass plaque on the east side informs
visitors to telephone the Commissionaires to arrange access. For wheelchair
visitors you must ring 24 hours in advance. A stair climber chair will be
available but a transfer to this chair is required.
Access to the gardens and lawns is via the packed sandy path off Anzac Ave.
Excellent crossovers are provided at the roundabout in Government House Drive
and Birdwood Ave. The long wide pathway to the Shrine provides dramatic
views up St Kilda Rd to the city but access to the Shrine is barred by a large
flight of steps.
Memorials to significant contributors to Australia's war efforts are found throughout
the gardens, Simpson and His Donkey, Legacy Garden symbolising the work of
legacy supporting war widows and the Memorial located on the west side of the
Shrine, accessed from the quite steep path. The war efforts of Korea, Malaya,
PARKS & GARDENS
Borneo, Kuwait and Vietnam are remembered on a granite wall and tranquil pond.
The parklands slope away steeply to the south.
Kings Domain contains a number of statues and memorials honouring Australia's
contribution to many war efforts. The Edward George Honey Memorial (1965)
recognises the contribution by Honey who made the suggestion of a ceremony of a
minutes silence in remembrance of those who died in war. The Sir John Monash
Memorial  (1950), General Monash was Commander in Chief of the Australian
forces during WWI. The Marquis of Linlithgow or Lord Linlithgow was Australia's
first Governor General who arrived in Australia towards the end of the 1880's.
Nurse Edith Cavell, an Englishwoman, was shot by German soldiers in 1915 in
Brussels. The sculptor Margaret Baskerville was one of a few professional
women sculptors of her day, constructed in 1926 from marble, granite and bronze.
The MacPherson Robertson Fountain (1934) was designed to compliment the
Shrine, tortoises, frogs & seahorses with a figure of a boy catching a dolphin.
Simpson and his donkey (1936), by Wallace Anderson honours private John
Simpson who rescued fallen soldiers on his little donkey.
An accessible Unisex toilet is available however there is no accessible pathway to
it. Just beyond is the timber cottage erected (this is not the authentic location) by
Governor La Trobe.
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