BUANGOR - The headstone of one of Buangor's most decorated former residents is set to get a major upgrade after receiving funding as part of the Federal Government's Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan visited the Buangor Cemetery where he announced $6000 in funding to kick start a project which will see the restoration of a memorial celebrating the life of Sir Cyril Brudenell Bingham White.
"The Centenary of Anzac will be the most significant national period of commemoration in our nation's history," Mr Tehan said.
"I am delighted that funding has been approved for this project in Ararat as submitted by the Ararat Legacy Club."
Cyril Brudenell Bingham White was born on September 23 1876 in St Arnaud before spending much of his childhood growing up on pastoral stations in Queensland.
He first joined the Royal Australian Artillery 1889 and at the outbreak of WWI he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of Staff of the 1st Australian Division, AIF.
One of White's biggest achievements was the successful withdrawal of the ANZAC forces from Gallipoli, along with presiding over the Demobilisation and Repatriation Branch in London in 1918 before returning to Australia in 1920 after being knighted.
White returned to his pastoral beginnings by purchasing Woodnaggerak at Middle Creek consisting of 2,500 acres. This purchase was followed a short time later with the obtaining of a further 2,500 acres known as Challicum near Buangor.
In March 1940, White was recalled to take over the position of Chief of the General Staff when Australia once again found itself at war, however he was tragically killed when the aircraft he was travelling in from Melbourne to Canberra crashed just prior to landing.
As was White's request the General's remains were buried at the Buangor Cemetery.
With the approach of the 100 year commemoration of the Gallipoli campaign in 2015, Ararat Legacy resolved to take steps to refurbish the grave of the distinguished Australian.
The overall cost of the restoration is expected to cost $13,000.
The youngest grandson of Sir Brudenell White, Tim White attended the announcement and confirmed the majority of his grandfather's next-of-kin had signed a form approving the upgrade.
Support for the project has also been obtained by Ararat Rural City, Pyrenees Shire, Ararat and Ripon RSL Sub-Branches, Buangor Community Sports Committee and Buangor Cemetery Trust.