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10-April-2014 (Geoff Turner)
10-April-2014 (Geoff Turner)

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The Gosford Cenotaph commemorates those who died in service or were killed in action in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The cenotaph was originally erected to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War One with the names of those who lost their lives in World War Two added to the memorial at a later date. The cenotaph was restored and renovated in 1988.

Tenders recently called for erection of War Memorial in the Gosford Park drew eight competitors, and prices ranged from £625 to £950. The Committee finally dealt with the matter last evening, and Messrs Harrison & Elliott's tender of £624 12s was accepted. Work is to commence on 31st instant, and to be completed within 8 weeks. The successful tenderers have their quarry in Gosford, and the stone is to be of white freestone, the sample submitted being of an excellent color. The design drawn by Mr Gordon S. Keesing, Architect, Sydney, has already been described in our columns, and is of the cenotaph type, standing 17ft high, having a face to each point of the compass, with a base to each face of approximately 6ft, tapering up wards to about 4ft. Bronze tablets will show the names of local soldiers who paid the great price. The cenotaph, though simple in design, is noble and impressive, and when unveiled will prove to be worthy of its great purpose.
The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (NSW), 
4 October 1923.


Arrangements are practically finalised regarding the unveiling ceremony to be performed in Gosford Park on 25th instant, Anzac Day. Brig.-General Alex Jobson has the invitation to unveil the Memorial, and will be met at the railway by a Guard of Honor, comprised of members of the local Sub-branch of the Soldiers' League, where the Branch colors will be trooped and dedicated. The unveiling will take place at 2.45 p.m., in the presence of relatives of the fallen, representatives of the Returned Sailors & Soldiers' Leagues from various parts of the district, Parliamentary and other visitors. A record attendance of the public is anticipated, and every effort will be exerted to provide for the comfort of those wishing to view this historic ceremony. The stone work of the Memorial is nearly completed, and presents a fine appearance, whilst the bronze tablets about to be affixed are a work of art, and altogether the Committee are well satisfied with the result of their efforts to carry out the trust reposed in them by the public to erect a Memorial suitable to the noble sent ment embodied in the Cenotaph. 
The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (NSW), 
10 April 1924.

Location

Address:Mann Street and Vaughan Avenue, Gosford Memorial Park, Gosford, 2250
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.431395
Long: 151.340652
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:Mr Gordon S. Keesing -architect (Sydney)
Monument Manufacturer:Messrs Harrison & Elliott

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 25th April, 1924
Front Inscription

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

Left Side Inscription

1914  1918
OUR GLORIOUS DEAD

[ Names ]

Back Inscription

1939 1945 
OUR GLORIOUS DEAD

[ Names ]

 

Right Side Inscription
OUR GLORIOUS DEAD
Boer War 1899-1902
World War I 1914-1918
World War II 1939-1945
Korea 1950-1953
Malaya 1948-1960
Borneo 1962-1966
Vietnam 1962-1972
Iraq  East Timor Afghanistan
Source: MA,SKP,NRWM
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