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The Soldiers Memorial Hall was erected in 1921 to commemorate those who served in World War One, but in succeeding years additional plaques have been added to commemorate other conflicts.

The new Memorial Hall which is being built on a central site, will serve to perpetuate for many years to come, the memory of the Gerringong men who fought in the great war. Two large marble tablets each 10 x 5, with the names suitably inscribed, will be placed on the front wall facing the street, and will be visible to the many thousands of people who in the course of time will pass along the main South Coast road now known as "The Princes Highway." Four foundation stones each 2½ x 14 will be laid on Wednesday next, 24th. instant, the gentlemen selected to lay the same being Mr. Jas. Sharpe (Mayor), Mr. Alex. Campbell, Mr. D. F. Bailey and Mr. T. A. Noble. 
The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser (NSW ), 
 20 August 1921

On Saturday last, a soldiers' memorial hall, erected at a cost of over £1000, was opened at Gerringong by Brigadier-general Cox, in the presence of a large gathering from all parts of the surrounding district. The building was designed by Mr. Varney Parkes, who gave his services free. It is simple yet ornate, and on the left of the facade is a marble tablet containing the names of 50 local men who enlisted and returned, and on the right is another tablet bearing the names of the 14 men who made the supreme sacrifice. In addition to Senator Cox and Colonel Fuller, Major Alex Hay and Mr. M. F. Morton made speeches, as well as several local men. 
The Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser (NSW), 
26 November, 1921. 


Address:Belinda & Fern Streets, Gerringong, 2534
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.747342
Long: 150.826961
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Conflict
Monument Designer:Mr Varney Parkes (architect)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 24th August, 1921
Front Inscription


This stone was laid by Alexander Campbell Esqr.
         24th August 1921

This stone was laid by D. E. Bailey Esqr.
24th August 1921

This stone was laid by J. Sharpe Esqr.
     24th August 1921

This stone was laid by T.A. Noble Esqr.
         24th August 1921

Plaque :

Sleep, Comrades, Sleep And Rest 
On The Field Of Grounded Arms,
Where Foes No More Molest

Your Silent Tents Of Green We Deck With Fragrant Flowers,
Yours Has The Suffering Been, The Memory Shall Be Ours

Erected 1921.
This Building Was Erected By
The People Of Gerringong And District
To Perpetuate The Memory Of 
The Gallant And Heroic Fellow Citizens - Soldiers Of The Empire.

Plaque :

Soldiers And Airmen Of Gerringong
Who Gave Their Lives For The Empire
In World War II  1939 - 1945
[ Names ]

Plaque :

Erected By
Residents Of The
Municipality Of Gerringong
To Record The Services Of The
Following Men And Women
In World War II 1939 - 1945
[ Names ]

Soldiers of Gerringong
Who Gave Their Lives For The Empire
In The World's Greatest War
1914 - 1919
[ Names ]

Plaque :

Navy  Merchant Navy

Plaque :

Australia Remembers
1945 - 1995

Plaque :

A.I.F.  R.A.A.F.

Plaque :

Womens Services

Plaque :

Lest We Forget

Plaque :

Erected By Members Of
1st Light Horse Machine Gun Regiment
In Memory Of

"At The Call Of Duty He Did
Not Falter And In The Hour
Of Death He Knew No Fear"

Plaque :
Erected By
Gerringong R.S.L.
To Record The Services
Of The Following
In Vietnam
[ Names ]

Plaque :

Erected By The Citizens Of Gerringong
In Memory Of
[ Names ]
Killed In An Aircraft Accident
At Foxground, Gerringong
On 18th November, 1942.
"At The Going Down Of The Sun And In
The Morning We Will Remember Them"






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