Amiens Legacy Centre
Below is information about each of the features that make up the Amiens Legacy Centre .
The stone sign
Precariously balanced on signature granite rocks conveys the sign that announces you have arrived at the Amiens Legacy Centre. The official entrance is 50m further down on your left, and leads to a parking area, but this sign is the first thing you'll see as you turn that last corner where Amiens Rd changes its name to Goldfield's Rd. Lifted into place by the Amiens History Group's own stonemason, Alec Harslett, these stone signs are a lasting tribute to the granite rock formations that shape the area known as the Granite Belt, as well as a lasting memory of your visit.
The railway carriage
Lovingly restored, this 1920's railway carriage sits atop newly laid railway line as an indicative symbol and tribute to the site that was the Amiens Railway Precinct in the days of the Pikedale Soldiers' Settlement Scheme. What seemed like an unending, dauntless task, took just over twelve months and couldn't have been completed without the input and assistance of over 100 volunteers who joined the project at various times. The result, is a beautiful tribute to not only the returned soldiers' era, but also to those men who worked for Qld Rail on the Amiens-Cottonvale branch line, who served overseas and never returned.
The topiary train
Very much a work in progress, as our newly planted westringia plants try to grow in drought conditions, but we haven't lost one yet. When fully grown they will be shaped into the shape of a steam train engine to perfectly complement the neighbouring carriage.
The topiary train - rail carriages
Further down the topiary train you can see, and use, the 'railway carriage' picnic tables. You can use this feature as a focal point of your drive to Amiens, to have a rest and take in the serenity. Larger groups can enjoy a topiary train picnic table experience by appointment by contacting the Amiens History Association. Historical tours and talks can be arranged, as can refreshments for morning tea or lunch.
The Passchendaele Shed
Betraying it's origins in its name, the Passchendaele Shed started its life as a forestry barracks building in the Passchendaele State Forest forestry precinct. Surplus to needs, she became available for the Amiens History Association to purchase and relocate at the Amiens Legacy Centre. The building now enjoys a second life, serving as a meeting room for the group and a room where historical talks can be conducted.
The Soldier Settler family sculpture
Another marvel at what can be achieved with granite rock, this sculpture portrays a soldier settler family scene in amazing detail.
Lovingly created by local sculptor Gabrielle Trabucco, this sculpture stands as a tribute to all the soldier settler families who settled in the area following WW1 and beyond. It is a true asset to the Amiens Legacy Centre.
Amenities at ALC
Once step closer to opening the Amiens Legacy Centre to the public was the installation of amenities for public use. This demure building showcases its rural influences and fits in with the meshing of architectural styles at the Amiens Legacy Centre.
These amenities are fully accessible ensuring all can visit the Amiens Legacy Centre in comfort.
In September 2019 the Amiens City Council voted to build a bridge in the Amiens Plant Garden in Amiens, France. The French Bailey Bridge is donated by the Royal Australian Army Corps of Engineers. It recalls the Battle of Cerisy on 8 August 1918 when Australian Engineers built a bridge, which was crucial to the outcome of the battle.
So now, the Bailey 'look-alike' Bridge is installed at the Amiens Legacy Centre to allow pedestrians access to the centre from the carpark. This symbolic work has been built in honour of the Australian Engineers of World War I and stands as a symbol of the friendship between Amiens in France and Amiens in Australia. The final design was devised by local volunteer Ron Bell and local builder Dennis Ritchie was involved in construction and procured the timber for the project. The Bailey Bridge is a very useful addition to the Amiens Legacy Centre and we welcome all who cross her.
The 26th July 2020 marked the official unveiling by Mayor Vic Pennisi of a significant art work at the Amiens Legacy Centre. ‘Forging A Future After The Trenches,’ is an original monochromatic painting by local artist Franco Arcidiacono. Franco has a long standing history with the Stanthorpe district predominately as a school teacher and now, in his retirement as an accomplished artist. The mural draws the viewer’s eye and gives one a glimpse into the life of a soldier settler and his family. As with most Western literature, the story unfolds by following the painting from the left to the right. It depicts the ex-soldiers past, present and future and has been beautifully executed.
Extract: Southern Free Times