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AN AUSTRALIAN MEMORIAL
September 28, 2015 -  Elvis Express Radio
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Around the world, there are many memorials, statues and tributes to Elvis and for anyone not aware, Australia has one of the most unusual of these, in the form of a full headstone
located at the
Melbourne General Cemetery in Melbourne, Australia.

Not only is it one of the grandest looking plots in the entire graveyard, but since 1977 it has been the most visited grave in the cemetery, attracting thousands of Elvis fans each
year who lay their individual tributes etc.

The King’s memorial tombstone stands tall in a lovingly landscaped stone grotto, surrounded by ferns and succulents. Hand-etched portraits, flowers, plush toys and roses are often
left in his honour (especially around his birthday in January and the anniversary of his death in August). Not bad for a performer who never even toured the Country! Commissioned
by Victoria’s Elvis Presley fan club and unveiled by Australia’s own rock’n’roll rebel Johnny O’Keefe, this memorial is strangely touching.

Now, obviously, Elvis had never set foot in Australia, let alone Melbourne – though his one of a kind Cadillac, which had a paint work made up of crushed diamonds and fish scales  
once made a tour Down Under, without its owner. Nevertheless this lavish memorial to the King was erected by the local fan club shortly after his death in 1977,  A stone grotto is
crowned with succulents perhaps reminiscent of Memphis Tennessee, and every year on his birthday his mourners come to leave tributes.

The memorial was commissioned by the President of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Australia in November 1977. It is believed to be the only one of it's type in Australia and draws
1,000s of visitors each year on the anniversary of the King's death (16th August 1977).
The Melbourne Elvis Presley Memorial Inscription Reads

In Evergreen Memory
OF
ELVIS ARON PRESLEY
BORN TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI  8-1-1935.
DIED MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE 16-8-1977
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"IN GRATITUDE, FROM THE MILLIONS
TO WHOM YOU GAVE SO MUCH."

A TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO CONTRIBUTED
AARON ELVIS PRESLEY
With the passing of PRESLEY an era passed with him.
This giant of entertainment gave to the world a special
kind of music that carved its way into the hearts of millions
of people, and in doing so created the musical evergreens
that will continue to be enjoyed by many generations to come.
WAYNE HAWTHORNE, President of the
ELVIS PRESLEY FAN CLUB, Australia,
commissioned A. GIANNARELLI & SONS to design,
construct and erect the monument,
and JOHNNY O" KEEFE, AUSTRALIA'S KING OF ROCK "N" ROLL,
unveiled the monument at 1.00 p.m. Saturday, 26th November 1977