New look for memorial as donations flow in

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 02-Nov-2017

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The Bendigo District RSL’s Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Building Appeal hopes to raise $250,000 to assist with building works and re-establishment of the building. 

The museum is being returned to its original colour as part of a $4.5 revitalisation project currently under way.

City of Greater Bendigo council’s Megan McDougall said as the external render works progress, people will notice the building’s change of colour.

“The original part of the building is constructed of brick which was rendered,” Ms McDougall said.

“Evidence of the original warm stone-coloured wash coat was found on the building.  

“As part of the restoration we have colour-matched the wash to the remnants of the original finish to reinstate the building’s warm sandstone appearance.”

The exterior restoration works also include a total roof replacement and installation of new sky lights.

Military museum curator Kirsten McKay said the building is seen to be a lasting memorial to those who had fallen. 

“Early functions of support and remembrance were ultimately formalised into the primary purpose of the national Returned Services League,” Ms McKay said 

The appeal aims to raise the remaining $250,000.

Donations from Bendigo businesses as well as private individuals has seen the appeal raise just over $70,000 to date.

Donations can be made through any branch of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank through its Community Enterprise Foundation or online at www.bendigobank.com.au and searching for soldiers memorial appeal.

Donations can also be made at the Bendigo District RSL between 9am and 5pm daily. 

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