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The clock commemorates two Air Force officers, Flying Officer Norman Faulkner Dwyer and his cousin Wing Commander Stanley Gordon Stilling, who were killed in action in October 1943 during the Second World War.  Mr William Dwyer, father of Norman, was at one time a manager of the hospital.

The clock was brought to Australia for the Sydney Exhibition of 1879. A disastrous fire destroyed the Exhibition however the clock was salvaged, unharmed and intact. After a brief time in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens it was sent to Bourke for use as the town's clock. Eventually it made its way back to Sydney and was kept in government stores until it was decided that it would be a suitable addition to The Coast Hospital.

In 1898 the clock was mounted in an ’artistic‘ tower built by Henry Tucker Jones. The tower was demolished in 1930 as The Coast Hospital began to undergo a major transformation. The clock was stored at the hospital until 1953 when it was later installed in an elegant three storey high, square, brick tower complete with a copper roof and wind vane. Located in full view of the hospital gates and adjacent to Ward 1 (now The Flowers Ward), is where it still stands today.
A Coast Chronicle – The History of the Prince Henry Hospital, CR Boughton.
Author − Jane Bannister.


Address:Pine Avenue, Prince Henry Hospital Conservation Area, Little Bay, 2036
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.980366
Long: 151.246251
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Clock
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:01-October-1943
Actual Event End Date:01-October-1943


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1953
Front Inscription

"Greater love hath no man"

In everlasting memory of our dear son Flying Officer Norman Falkner Dwyer, R.A.A.F. and his cousin Wing Commander Stanley Gordon Stilling, D.F.C. R.A.F who were killed in action together in the Celebes on 1st October 1943.

A loving tribute from William and Edith Dwyer

Source: MA,HNSW
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