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A hall commemorates Lieutenant Albert Chowne who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. 

The hall was opened on 3 July 1954 to honour the Victoria Cross winner Albert Chowne who died on active service in New Guinea. Eric Nicholls, an honorary architect of Willoughby Council and a former partner of Walter Burley Griffin, designed the hall. Due to war shortages its construction was delayed from 1945 to 1950, and even then a modified version was built. The hall was extended and refurbished several times in 1958, 1970 and again in 1981.

On 25 March 1945 in the hills south-west of Dagua in New Guinea, Chowne rushed a Japanese-held knoll, later to bear his name. Ascending a steep, narrow track, he hurled grenades and silenced two machine-guns. Although mortally wounded, he reached the enemy`s fox-holes and killed two more soldiers before he died. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.


Address:McClelland & Warrane Roads, Lieutenant Albert Chowne Memorial Hall , Willoughby, 2068
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.795859
Long: 151.205691
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Monument Designer:Eric Nicholls


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 3rd July, 1954
Source: MA,ADB
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