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Pyrmont War Memorial  Winged Victory /April 2013
Pyrmont War Memorial Winged Victory /April 2013

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Pyrmont War Memorial consists of a Winged Victory figure and was erected in honour of the men of Pyrmont and Ultimo who served in The Great War.

The Pyrmont War Memorial was unveiled on 8 April, 1922, by the then State Governor, Sir Walter Davidson. It had taken five years to assemble the community funding for this memorial, a fact which was taken at the time as indicative of the poverty of the district. Pyrmont had developed as an industrial and warehouse suburb through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and was an overwhelmingly working class area of Sydney.

Over 60,000 Australians died in World War One. The impact of the conflict was huge, especially considering the small population at the time and the losses incurred were felt throughout the nation. During the post war period memorials to those who served and fell were erected in numerous locations around the continent.

Impressive solemnity marked the unveiling of a beautiful war memorial which has been erected at the intersection of Harris and Union streets, Pyrmont, on Saturday afternoon. Pyrmont and Ultimo are probably one of the poorest districts of the metropolis, but what is lacking in material wealth is more than outweighed by the loyalty and patriotism of its people. Over 760 men enlisted from this district during the war, 150 of them dying on active service. The fine monument was unveiled on Saturday by the Governor, Slr Walter Davidson. It has taken the committee a long time to complete their work, for it is over five years ago since the campaign for funds was launched, but the achievement bas been none the less gratifying. There were few large contributions and the balance of the money - over £1000 - was collected in small coins by the school children and by a house-to-house canvas. The monument is a symbolisatlon of Peace, supporting a shield on which is inscribed the words "Their name liveth forever." The base is of trachyte on a stone foundation. It is 18 feet high and is situated in a commanding position. The memorial was the work of Mr. Gilbert Doble. At the base of the monument many wreaths were laid by the relatives of fallen soldiers.
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 10 April 1922.


Address:Harris Street, Union Square, Pyrmont, 2009
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.869569
Long: 151.193927
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:Gilbert Doble


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 8th April, 1922
Front Inscription

              PYRMONT AND ULTIMO
                       DURING THE
       1914     GREAT WAR           1919

Source: MA
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