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Remembrance Walk Plaque :16-November-2015
Remembrance Walk Plaque :16-November-2015

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Blackheath Memorial Park was established in memory of those who served in World War One. The park contains the Remembrance Walk which commemorates the 77 volunteers from Blackheath by the planting of rhododendrons in the park. 

His Excellency the Governor, Sir Walter Davidson, last week turned the first sod of the Blackheath Soldiers' Memorial Park, and opened a new reserve which will in future be known as Mount Boyce, in honour of the Ven. Archdeacon Boyce, one of the pioneer residents of Blackheath. His Excellency was accompanied by Dame Margaret Davidson. On arrival he reviewed a company of Boy Scouts afterwards visiting Govett's Leap and the gardens of Mr. Parke W. Pope. An official luncheon was held at the Hotel Astoria at which the guests included Mr. J C. Fitzpatrick (Minister for Mines), Sir Charles Rosenthal, M.L.A. , Mr Manning, M. P., Mr Rumble (Mayor of Katoomba), and Archdeacon Boyce. After performing the cere mony of turning the first sod of the soldiers' Memorial Park, his Excellency was presented with an inscribed silver spade by the Mayor (Mr. H. J. Collier). An adjournment was then made to Mount Boyce, about a mile from Blackheath, the entrance to which was barred by a silken cord, which Dame Margaret cut with a pair of silver scissors, presented to her for the purpose.
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 2 May 1923.


Address:Park Avenue, Blackheath, 2785
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.636021
Long: 150.289062
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 26th April, 1923
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The Remembrance Walk 

One of the Blackheath Memorial Park`s most enduring features is the plantings along the walkway that is named the Remembrance Walk. The Blackheath community first expressed a desire to memorialise the men from the area who volunteered to serve in the Great War in 1921, when the area was proposed as a public park. 

The works in the park were officially commenced by the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Walter Davidson on the 26th April, 1923. The memorial rhododendrons were established in the park at this time, as part of the network of walking trails that are present in the park. 

The Blackheath community have placed a great importance on the remebrance of the veterans of World War One, and the rhododendrons that are planted in this garden are a tangible reminder of the reverence to which the community of the time placed in remembering those who served overseas. 

The 77 volunteers from Blackheath who enlisted in the 1914 -1918 World War , and whose service was commemorated by the planting of rhododendrons in Blackheath Memorial Park. 
Source: MA
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