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Australian War Memorial films in Watervale

Lights ! Camera! Action!

It wasn’t exactly a Hollywood movie set, however on a cold and frosty morning in Watervale, members of The Mt Horrocks Historical Society were excited to be taking part in the filming of a segment for the Australian War Memorial Commemorative film.

The Australian War Memorial is undergoing a once-in-a-generation development to modernise and expands its galleries. A key feature within the Memorial’s new entrance is a cinematic film showing war memorials from across Australia, places for individuals to grieve loss, and for communities to honour courage, loyalty and sacrifice. The film represents memorials from Places of Pride, the National Register of War Memorials, an Australian War Memorial initiative to document war memorials across Australia.


When selecting memorials to be included in the film, they wanted to capture the diversity of memorial types that exist -  cenotaphs, monuments, obelisks, honor boards and rolls of honor, bowling clubs, memorial halls and tree-lined remembrance ways. They also wanted to reflect the care and dedication of commemoration in small towns, communities and cities across the country.

 Australian War Memorial film crew with MHHS members Mal Paterson, Colleen Grace and Pam Datson

Filming took place in  five locations in South Australia – the Watervale War Memorial, Ceduna Soldiers Memorial Park, Hawker War Memorial, the Soldiers Memorial Garden at Victor Harbor and the Adelaide National War Memorial.


The Watervale War Memorial was selected to be filmed because it beautifully showcases both the location and the memorial of Watervale. Its placement in front of the Historical Society Building highlights its heritage and the engagement of the local community and surrounding area from the First World War. The garden is delightful, and the care shown by the community is evident.

David Spackman looking on whilst filming of Mal Paterson takes place


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