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29-June-2015
29-June-2015

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Newcastle District Tramways Roll of Honour was originally erected in memory of the Newcastle Tramways District employees who served in World War One. The memorial now commemorates other conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

The roll of honour is the model of the front end of a steam tram enclosed within square brickwork with a glass front door. A large cross has been placed on top of the memorial, with a rock garden in the front. A clock has replaced the single head light and is set to 11 o`clock.

The ceremony of unveiling the Newcastle District Tramway Employees roll of honor was performed on Saturday, by Mr. W. J. Cleary, Chief Commissioner for Railways, in the presence of a large gathering of officials and men. The honour roll, enclosed in a structure designed on the lines similar to those of the Cenotaph in London, commands a prominent position at the entrance to the buildings of the department in Gordon Avenue, Hamilton, and will serve for all time to perpetuate the memory of the men who responded to the call of national duty during the momentous year of 1914, and the four immediately following.

The roll of honour is a model of the front end of a steam motor, as formerly used in the service. It is set up on a black board, headed with a ribbon scroll, bearing the words, "Newcastle District Tramway Roll of Honour," and includes the Wallsend and Maitland depots. In the destination case are the words, "For King and Empire," and on a cedar tablet below the undergear is the inscription. "In honour of the living, and to the glorious memory of the dead." The names of the employees who enlisted are on cedar panels in the window spaces. The leadlight holds a clock in working order. The design originated with Mr. William Wrightson, now retired from the service, and Mr H.C. Williams leading fitter. The work was carried out by the mechanical staff under the supervision of Mr. Williams. The design is a beautiful one and those responsible for the workmanship were warmly congratulated.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW), 16 December 1929.

Location

Address:93 Denison Street (corner of Denison Street & Gordon Ave), Newcastle Buses Hamilton Depot, Hamilton, 2303
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.925943
Long: 151.750704
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:Mr William Wrightson & Mr. H.C. Williams
Monument Manufacturer:Newcastle Tramways Mechanical Staff

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 14th December, 1929
Front Inscription

(On Cross)
1914 -1918

(Inside)
NEWCASTLE DISTRICT TRAMWAYS
ROLL OF HONOUR 

(Names) 

FOR KING
& EMPIRE
    54 A

IN HONOR Of The LIVING
AND TO THE 
GLORIOUS MEMORY
Of The DEAD



 

Left Side Inscription
WORLD WAR II
       FOR
KING AND COUNTRY
     1939-45
Back Inscription
          — FOR —
  KING AND COUNTRY
      — 1914-18 
 
Right Side Inscription

KOREA 
1950 -53

VIETNAM
1962-72

 

Source: SKP, NRWM, MA
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