As ANZAC Day approaches, it is important to reflect the contribution of Canberrans to our nation.
Eddison Park, nestled within the Woden Valley, is an area deeply entrenched in the history of Canberra and the history of our war service.
In World War I, Captain Walter Eddison received a parcel of land as a soldier’s grant for his service. That land was the Yamba property, for which Yamba Drive is named, and in 1926 a homestead was built so the Eddisons could access town water.
‘The Captain’, as Walter Eddison was known, sent his three sons to serve in World War II just as he had done in the first World War, while his three daughters helped on the property. Tragically, his sons made the ultimate sacrifice. A significant burden for one family to bear.
An obelisk in Eddison Park commemorates the sacrifice of men and women of Canberra who served Australia during World War II.
We will remember them this ANZAC Day.
Lest we forget.