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The State War Memorial Cenotaph commemorates Western Australian servicemen and women who have served in all wars and conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

Situated at the top of Kings Park and Botanic Garden escarpment, the War Memorial overlooks the city of Perth with views of the Swan and Canning Rivers and the Darling Ranges. The memorial was developed around an 18 metre tall obelisk as the principal feature, which is almost a replica of the Australian Imperial Force Memorials erected in France and Belgium.

The heavy concrete foundations are supplemented by heavy brick walls which enclose an inner chamber or crypt. The walls surrounding the crypt are covered with The Roll of Honour; marble tablets which list under their units the names of more than 7,000 members of the services killed in action or as a result of World War One.

Glass cases enclose the colours of the 1st, and 2nd, 11th, 16th, 28th and 44th Infantry Battalions and of the 10th Light Horse Regiment. Bronze plaques on the outside wall of the crypt entrance list under Navy, Army, Airforce, Women’s Services and Merchant Navy, nearly 4000 Western Australians killed or who died from effects of World War Two.

Inside the crypt on a marble tablet are the names of Western Australians killed in Korea (1950-1953), Malaya (1950-1960), Borneo (1962-1966) and Vietnam (1962-1973). The Cenotaph was unveiled by the State Governor and committed to the care of the Western Australian Branch of the Returned and Services League.

A tender of £3,500 has been accepted for the erection of the State War Memorial in a commanding position facing Perth in King-square. The memorial will take the form of an obelisk or local granite, rising to a height of 50 ft. A constant light will throw a halo on the top of the obelisk, similar to that of the Whitehall Cenotaph. The foundation stone will be laid next Armistice Day, and the unveiling will take place next Anzac Day.
Chronicle (Adelaide), 2nd July 1927


Address:Fraser Avenue, ANZAC Bluff, Kings Park , 6005
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.960901
Long: 115.84463
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Designer:Sir Talbot Hobbs


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 24th November, 1929
Front Inscription

Erected by grateful citizens in remembrance of the men of this state who at the call of duty gave their lives for freedom and humanity in the Great War 1914-1918

...And in remembrance of the men and women of this State who gave their lives in subsequent conflicts. 

Lest We Forget

Back Inscription

On these bronze tablets are recorded the names of the servicement and women from Western australia killed in action or who died from the effects of war service in the World War 1939 - 1945

Women`s Services

Inscription in Proximity
This plaque commemorates the placing of a wreath by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the dedication of the additions to the State War Memorial
27th March 1954
Source: SKP,MA
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