Paving the way to honour a peninsula Anzac

Published on 11 April 2018

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Lieutenant George Mawby (Morby) Ingram was a carpenter before joining the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force for service in New Guinea, then enlisting in the AIF.

During the Second World War, George served with the Royal Australian Engineers, attaining the rank of captain and received the Victoria Cross, the Military Medal, service medals for the First and Second World Wars, and coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

After the war, George worked as a building foreman and a farmer in Victoria and spent his later years in Hastings.

Mornington Peninsula Shire recently paid tribute to George’s legacy by laying a bluestone paver in his honour. The paver accompanies an existing effigy detailing George’s life which was installed by the Shire several years ago and sits adjacent to the Hastings cenotaph. 

The paver was installed last month as part of a state-wide initiative of Department of Premier and Cabinet to recognise WW1 Victoria Cross recipients.

Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said the Shire “worked with representatives from the Hastings RSL to determine the most fitting placement for this paver in George’s honour and a small dedication ceremony will be held as part of the Anzac Day celebrations in Hastings”.

Anzac Day will be commemorated with marches and services in 13 townships across the peninsula this year.

Councillor Payne said Anzac Day is a time for reflection, gratitude and remembrance of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

“While Anzac Day is one of significant national pride, it is also a time to for our community to remember the sacrifice so many have made for our country.

“We will remember not only the original ANZACs who served at Gallipoli, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women.

“This year services and marches are spread across the peninsula at varying times providing opportunity for all to attend and pay their respects,” said Councillor Payne.

ANZAC DAY PROGRAM: 

Balnarring
Service: 9.30am - assemble at Balnarring Village Shopping Centre 

Crib Point
March: 10.55am - assemble at Crib Point RSL
Service: 11am - assemble at Tingara Place

Dromana
Service: 6.15am - assemble at Peninsula RSL Club
March: 9.15am - assemble at O'Donohue Street
Service: 9.40am - assemble at Dromana Cenotaph

Flinders
Service: 10am - assemble at Flinders Hall
Wreath Laying Service: 11am - assemble at Flinders War Memorial

Hastings
Service: 5.45am - assemble at Hastings Foreshore
March: 10.45am - assemble at Hastings RSL
Service: 11am - assemble at Hastings Foreshore
(dedication of George Ingram’s paver to immediately precede the 11am service)

Mornington
Service: 6am - assemble at Memorial Park
March: 9.45am - assemble at Corner Main & Queen Streets

Mount Eliza
Service: 2pm - assemble at Mount Eliza Community Centre 

Red Hill
Service: 10.45am - assemble at Red Hill Community Park

Rosebud
Service: 6am - assemble at Rosebud RSL
March: 9.30am - assemble at Corner Ninth Avenue & Point Nepean Road
Service: 9.45am - assemble at Jetty Road & Point Nepean Road

Rye
Service: 6am - assemble at Rye RSL
March: 12.15pm - assemble at Rye Pier
Service: 12.35pm - assemble at Rye RSL

Somerville
Service: 5.45am - assemble at Fruit Growers Reserve 

Sorrento
Service: 6am - assemble at Sorrento Foreshore
March: 11.30am - assemble at Ocean Beach Road
Service: 12pm - assemble at Sorrento Foreshore

Tyabb
Service: 5.45am - assemble at Tyabb Recreation Reserve
George Ingram’s dedication is located adjacent to the Hastings cenotaph on Marine Parade, Hastings. 

For the full program of events visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/anzacday.