Lieutenant Albert Chowne V.C., M.M.Print Page
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|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|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|