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A monument commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of World War Two.


Address:Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn, 2083
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.547716
Long: 151.214957
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:15-August-1945
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1995


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1995
Front Inscription

Plaque :

Australia Remembers  1945 - 1995

The 50th Anniversary of the End of World War II (1939 - 1945)

This memorial, erected in the year 1995, being the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, honours the sons and daughters of Australia who valiantly served the country during these years of hostilities, many in far flung lands, at sea, on the ground and in the air.  Many rest for forever in these foreign lands.  They bravely fought in all theatres of this war.  In the North Atlantic, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans, South-East Asia, the South West Pacific and in their homeland when it was attacked by the enemy.  Later they served in the occupation force in Japan.  Theirs was a brave and selfless tradition first established by the ANZAC in World War I and proudly carried on for these ANZACs by this new generation in World War II, thereby keeping this tradition alive.

Let their sacrifice and valour be ever remembered and forever remind us of the heavy price paid by that generation of Australians and their Allies in crushing the tyranny of that time.  Let us remember the 64 bombing raids of our homeland in Darwin, the 41 naval and merchant ships sunk in our also mined waters, the bombing raids on Broome and Townsville, shelling from the sea off Sydney and Newcastle, the submarine attacks on Sydney, attacks elsewhere on our shore, all testify to the realities of the danger this country faced, often unknown at the time of our people.

Let us remember the many who also played their part on the home front.  We acknowledge our debt to them whilst serving as civilians in the Merchant Navy at sea transporting vital goods and equipment.  To the girls who formed the Land Army who worked on the land providing us with food, to others who worked in the factories building aircraft, tanks, making ammunition and other war supplies, all keeping this country on a war footing.  They worked tirelessly for those in the armed services, and in doing so, helped bring about victory over the enemy.

Lest We Forget

Left Side Inscription

Plaque :

Australia Remembers
1945 - 1995

In honour of the men and women who served Australia in time of conflict during World War II

Lest We Forget

This memorial is a joint venture between the Hornsby Shire Council and the Australia Remembers Committee for the Electorate of Berowra

Lt. Cmdr. Mick Gallagher, Mayor


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Australia's contribution and cost

Our then population 6.970,000
Enlistment : All services  993,000    Male component 926,000     Female component 66,100
Served overseas  575,799
Killed, Died : All causes  39,366
Taken As prisoner of war 30,435
Prisoner of war deaths  8.296
Wounded in action etc.  66,553

The horrific cost to mankind
World War II caused more deaths and destruction that any previous war.  The number of dead will never be accurately known and estimates range between 40 to 60 million people.  The majority were civilians who died from bombings, starvation, massacres, genocide, disease etc.  One ally with 20,000,000 troops and civilians suffered the highest toll of the 59 countries involved.

Unveiled by Federal Member for Berowra Mr. Philip Ruddock MP
Dedicated by Major Stan Morton JP Salvation Army Chaplain
Australia Remembers 1945 - 1995 Committee  John R. Blackshaw JP : Chairman and President

Lest We Forget

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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