A life-sized statue of war hero Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean will be erected in Latrobe, Veterans Affairs Minister Guy Barnett announced in Parliament on Thursday morning.
Ordinary Seaman Sheean was this month posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross after a campaign by his family over more than three decades.
He was 18 years old when he died on HMAS Armidale on December 1, 1942.
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Eyewitness accounts say he strapped himself to an anti-aircraft gun to return enemy fire from Japanese bombers in order to save his mates.
Mr Barnett said the statue would be similar to that of Victoria Cross recipient Harry Murray which was erected in Evandale in 2006.
“The most appropriate place for the statue should be decided by the Latrobe Council, the community and the Sheean family with the support from the Tasmanian Government and Australian Government,” he said.
Mr Barnett has also written to the federal government to ask when submarine HMAS Sheean is decommissioned that it be gifted to Tasmania and relocated to Latrobe.
“This would be a great opportunity to recognise Latrobe where Teddy grew up and also provide a fantastic tourism and educational opportunity for the region,” he said.
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