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Whyalla War Memorial was erected in memory of those from Whyalla who served in World War One. The memorial originally stood at the corner of Gay and Jamieson Streets and was relocated to the site at the Memorial Park in 1952. The memorial was upgraded in 2015 as part of the Anzac Centenary with funding from the Anzac Centenary Grants program.

The soldiers' monument at Whyalla was unveiled on Sunday afternoon by Mr. Essington Lewis (chairman of directors of the B.H.P. Co.) in the presence of about 300 residents and a large number of school children, who sang the National Anthem and the "Song of Australia."  The chairman of the Soldiers' Memorial Committee (Mr. J. S. Brimage) introduced Mr. Lewis.

Mr. Lewis said it was an honor to unveil a memorial to the soldiers who fought in practically every sector of the great war. Mr. Brimage had pointed out that the company had done a little towards helping the Empire. Whatever it did in that direction was with pleasure. Those soldiers went away to fight for freedom and the people must remember that. The memorial was founded on solid ironstone, and he hoped it would represent a standing peace. Mr. Lewis then asked all present to bow their heads during the unveiling.

Mr. Horwood said a high percentage of the Whyalla went away to fight for freedom. The memorial was a monument of unselfishness and it would always remind them that the unselfish were capable of great things.  Mr. Jas. Carter's 3-year-old son placed, a fine wreath on the monument. There are 46 names on the monument and seven of them represent the dead.
Recorder (Port Pirie, SA), 30 November 1921.

As a memorial to those who enlisted from Whyalla in World War II,  gates are being erected at the Memorial Oval entrance at Bradford and Wileman street entrance. Plaques containing names of all enlisted men will be fixed to stonework wings of the memorial. The memorial erected in the old portion of the township to those who enlisted in World War I will be placed in position at the Memorial gates. Donations for this memorial now total £108. Much of the work has been done without charge and steel for the memorial has been supplied by the Broken Hill Pty. Co. Ltd. There still remains considerable cost in erecting the memorial, together with cost of making plaques, architect fees, and so on, for which finance is required.
Chronicle (Adelaide), 10 April 1952.


Address:Bradford & Wileman Streets, Memorial Oval, Whyalla, 5600
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.035824
Long: 137.570426
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Designer:W Darby & Son


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 4th December, 1921
Front Inscription

Whyalla Roll of Honor
Great War 1914 - 1918
In Grateful Memory Of
    [Names ]
Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice

Left Side Inscription
[ Names ]
Back Inscription
[ Names ]
Right Side Inscription
[ Names ]
Source: MA,RVWM
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