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Kalamunda RSL vice president Wes Sutton, mayor Margaret Thomas and Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt at the statue’s unveiling on Sunday.

Soldier welcomed to the park

By Melissa Sheil

STIRK Park welcomed a new war hero to its grounds last week.

‘Private Thomas’ was unveiled to the public by Kalamunda mayor Margaret Thomas, Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt and Kalamunda RSL vice president Wes Sutton on the 77th anniversary of D-Day.

The six-foot tall bronze statue was purchased by Cr Thomas from south-east Asia and shipped to Perth, where her husband fashioned a pedestal for him to stand on before donating it to the City.

Moulded as a World War I digger, the statue is dedicated to remembering and honouring Australian soldiers says RSL president Geof Irvin.

“PTE Thomas isn’t dedicated to any soldier in particular, though we do have a fair few veterans in our area, but represents those that died at World War I and more broadly, all Australian soldiers across all conflicts,” he said.

“We are happy to add PTE Thomas to our other memorials across the City and thank the mayor for her donation.

“He was named Thomas because a woman at the RSL said she felt a spiritual feeling that his name was Tom.

“We told her that mayor Thomas donated it and thought that’s a fair sign, and Thomas can be a first and last name.”

PTE Thomas stands guard over the Avenue of Honour and Memorial Wall on the south-west corner of the park.

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