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05-December-2013
05-December-2013

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders / Sandra Brown

The War Memorial commemorates those who have served in the various conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has been involved.

The Arch was originally erected in memory of those from the district who served in World War One. The Arch forms part of the War Memorial Complex which includes plaques and memorials related to other conflicts. The Memorial Complex is dedicated to the men and women who served, suffered and died in the service and defence of Australia. 

Behind the arch near the Trooper Andrews memorial, two additional walls have been added. A number of cairns have been added behind the arch and in front of the Trooper Andrews memorial which list other conflicts or peacekeeping operations. 

The Arch and Trooper Andrews Memorial were relocated to the site in 1984 during Wollongong's 150th anniversary

Monument characteristices :

Large classical sandstone arch with marble name plates and marble sculpture. Particularly notable are marble figures of a young girl and boy, together with cherubs and the figure of a woman holding high the eternal flame of remembrance. Varney Parkes, son of Sir Henry Parkes, began carving the figures in 1922.

Location

Address:Church Street, Mc Cabe Park, Wollongong, 2500
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.427208
Long: 150.894636
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:Varney Parkes (figures)
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 3rd June, 1923
Front Inscription

    Erected
To The Memory
Of The Soldiers
Of Wollongong
Who Fought In
The Great War 1914-1918.

Lord God Of Hosts Be With Us Yet,
Lest We Forget, Lest We Forget

When Can Their Glory Fade

Left Side Inscription

On fame`s eternal camping ground,
Their silent tents are spread,
And glory guards with solemn round
the bivouac of the dead

[ Names ]

 

Back Inscription

This Memorial
Was Unveiled By
His Excellency
Rt. Hon. H. W. Baron Forster
Of Lepe P.C. G.C.M.G.
Governor General
Commonwealth of Australia
3rd June 1923

Right Side Inscription

Thought he struggle be grim,
`Tis Australia that knows
that her children shall fight 
while the waratah grows

[ Names ]

 

Inscription in Proximity

Right Cairn :

WORLD WAR II
BORNEO VIETNAM
Commemorating
60th Year Anniversary
World War II, ending in 1945
To those who served and to those
who paid the supreme sacrifice
"We will remember them"

Left Cairn :
WORLD WAR I
KOREA MALAYA

Plaque:
Missing In Action (Korea) 

Plaque:
(The Ode)

Plaque:
In memory of
Korea
1950 - 1956

Source: MA,SKP,NRWM
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