Woronora Cemetery War Memorial Mural
Blackbook Ink took on this project painting a war memorial mural that had to be complete before the opening that was held on Thursday 6th August 2015 at the new Military Memorial at Woronora Cemetery. The opening of the war memorial had His Excellency the Governor of NSW, The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and Mrs Linda Hurley attend. There was approximately 3,000 people who attended including local and federal MP’s as well as presidents from each RSL Sub Branch within the St George and Sutherland region. The event was covered by channel 10 and received quite a lot of media interest in the lead up to the opening.
For the mural itself we depicted a couple soldiers standing among some poppy fields and then focused on mainly hand painting “In Flanders Fields” its a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Major John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. According to legend, fellow soldiers retrieved the poem after McCrae, initially dissatisfied with his work, discarded it. “In Flanders Fields” was first published on December 8 of that year in the London-based magazine Punch.