History of the Mt. Macedon Memorial Cross
The 21 metre high memorial cross stands near the summit of the mountain. This structure was established by early resident William Cameron in 1935 as a memorial to those who died in World War I.
The original cross was constructed of Wunderlich terra cotta tiles on a steel base and withstood lightning strikes and bushfires and became for many a symbol of courage and survival after the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires.
In 1975 the cross was struck by lightning and subsequently suffered water damage and developed cracks.
In 1994 the government appointed a committee and provided initial funding for a replacement cross to be built. The Grollo family decided to build the new cross at no cost the community. The new cross was dedicated in 1995 by Bruce Ruxton OBE. The surrounding gardens and features were subsequently restored.
Right image - Construction of the original cross
Left image - Fabrication of the replacement cross