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Lawson War Memorial : 25-August-2010
Lawson War Memorial : 25-August-2010

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

Lawson War Memorial commemorates those who have served in various conflicts in which Australia has been involved.  The monument was originally erected to commemorate those who served in World War One, but other conflicts are now remembered on the memorial. The monument acts as formal entry to the ''Honour Gardens'' laid out behind the memorial.

The Honour Gardens and war memorial are associated with two highly significant architects - Sir Charles Rosenthal, who was a successful soldier who rose in the war to the rank of Major General, and Sir John Sulman, a formative force in Australian town planning, in whose honour the Sulman Prize for painting is still awarded annual. The Blue Mountains Shire Council proposed the name of Honour Avenue, and formed a local committee in 1918. John Sulman, who lived at Kihilla, was president of the Town Planning Board, and the Shire Engineer, Mr Wikner, supervised the completion of one side of the planting of at least six memorial trees, and the landscape design. Alexander Spahno who lived in The Maples, Queens Road had six acres of poultry farm, orchard and nursery and supplied the fresh flower market. He gave shrubs and daffodils while construction was undertaken by council employees and volunteers.

Monument characteristics :

A triumphal arch / gateway made of local sandstone with inset engraved trachyte panels.


Address:Honour Avenue , Honour Gardens, Lawson, 2783
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.719371
Long: 150.430612
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Monument Designer:Sir Charles Rosenthal


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 27th April, 1923
Front Inscription
Left Side Inscription


This Memorial Is
Dedicated To The
Residents Of Lawson
To The Glory Of God
And In Affectionate
Remembrance Of
Brave Men Of This
District Who Served
In The Great War
1914 - 1918

Sir Walter Davidson K.C.M.G.
Governor Of New South Wales
Unveiled This Memorial
April 27th 1923

Plaque 1 :

To Honour Those
Who Served
In The 1939-45 War.

Engraving :

This Foundation Stone
Was Laid By
Major General Sir Charles Rosenthal KCE CMG DSO

Right Side Inscription

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Plaque 1 :

To Honour Those
Who Served In Korea
1950 - 53
And Malaya.

Plaque 2 :

For All Who Served
And In Memoriam For Those Who Fell

1964 - 1972
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Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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