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Memorial forest for 600 ex-students who served in conflicts in which Australia has been involved.
The New South Wales Government in 2008 proposed the sale of 135 hectares of the school’s 160ha of land which included the memorial forest. Following an outcry by students and the public the Government backed down. In 2015, the State Government announced plans to sell off the forest.
One of the Macarthur region’s sacred war memorial sites could be facing the bulldozer. The Hurlstone Agricultural College memorial forest, believed to be Australia’s first “living” war memorial, is facing the chop after the State Government announced plans to sell-off the 140ha Glenfield school site for housing. The memorial forest, established in 1950, commemorates the 600 Hurlstone students who served in World Wars One and Two including Victoria Cross recipient John Edmondson.
In a slap in the face to school’s veterans, the Education Department has revealed the memorial forest will be “recreated” on the new site of the high school, which will move to Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury campus in 2020. Ingleburn RSL sub-branch president Ray James called for the memorial forest to be retained. “There has been no consultation with local government and the RSL,” he said.
Daily Telegraph, Macarthur, 30 November 2015.
|Address:||Roy Watts Road, Hurlstone Agricultural College, Glenfield, 2167|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.968535|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1950|