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A marble and bronze honour roll commemorates members of the New South Wales legal profession who served in World War One.
The planning for this Honour Roll began in July 1915, when the judges of the Supreme Court resolved there should be an official record of all the members and prospective members of the profession who enlisted for active service.
It bears the names of all those who either were at the time of their enlistment, or became prior to 1 September 1921, members of the profession. The Honour Roll was rededicated on the 11th November 2002.
The elaborate marble and bronze memorial placed on the eastern wall of the vestíbule of the Supreme Court and containing the honour roll of members of the New South Wales legal profession who served in the great war, was formally unveiled by the Chief Justice (Sir William Cullen) in the presence of all the Judges and officials of the department yesterday afternoon. Owing to the limited space available there was not a full representation of the profession at this function, but immediately afterwards, in the Theatre Royal, the ceremony of formally handing the memorial over to the custody of the Chief Justice was largely attended by members of all branches of the legal profession. On the stage were the Chief Justice, all the Judges of the Supreme Court, the Prothonotary and Mr. D. W. Roxburgh, president of the Incorporated Law Institute of New South Wales.
At the request of the committee Mr. R. S. Dodds offered to prepare a suitable design for the memorial, and an appropriate position on the walls of the building on which to place it, but unfortunately Mr. Dodds died. Mr. George McRae, Government architect, then came to the assistance of the committee. He submitted a design of which the committee approved and he selected the site on the wall beside the door of the library, and to the left of the main entrance door to the Supreme Court building in King-street. As soon as the design had been approved of, the committee invited contributions from the members of the profession, and nearly £900 was received from 417 contributors. Before the work was completed, however, Mr. McRae died, and Mr. Blair, the Acting Government Architect, undertook the work of supervising the carrying out of the contract. To Mr. Mann, director of the National Art Gallery, they were also deeply grateful for his interest and advice. The bravery of their soldiers, said Mr. Justice Street, was one of undying memory, and they would be an ungrateful people if they ever forgot their deeds. On this honour roll there were 363 names of men, of whom 65 made the supreme sacrifice.
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 4 June 1924.
|Address:||200 King Street, Original Supreme Court Building, Ground Floor, Sydney, 2000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.869342|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Type:||Honour Roll|
|Actual Event STart Date:||04-August-1914|
|Actual Event End Date:||28-June-1919|
|Monument Designer:||Gordon McCrae (Government Architect-designer)|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Tuesday 3rd June, 1924|
1914 - 1918
[ Names ]
THE LEGAL PROFESSION OF
NEW SOUTH WALES TO THEIR
COMRADES WHO SERVED
IN THE GREAT WAR