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A replica of the original honour roll commemorates those from Riverstone and District who served in World War One. The original roll was unveiled on the 28th September 1918. The roll was above the fireplace in the waiting room at Riverstone station. It disappeared in the early ’80s after being taken down for repair. 

The Riverstone & District Historical Society received funding of $7956 for the replica roll as part of the ANZAC Centenary Grants Program.

Great interest was taken in the unveiling of the Riverstone and District Honor Roll on the 28th ultimo, and a large gathering of people from all parts of the district assembled to take part in the ceremony. The honor roll will be erected in the public room at Riverstone railway station, but the unveiling took place at the rear of the station for the convenience of the assembled people. It was placed on a lorry, and was draped with the Union Jack, and the lorry also formed the platform from which the speakers gave their addresses. The honor board is of polished wood, in three panels, and is a very handsome one, the lettering being in gold. There are 127 names on the roll of honor and they occupy the whole of the available space, so that when other names are inscribed another panel will have to be added. The unveiling ceremony was performed by Mr B. B. Walker, M.L.A.
Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW), 11 October 1918.

History was made on July 5 when the original Riverstone honour roll from World War I was replaced by an identical copy. A board was officially unveiled at the Riverstone Historical Society and Museum on Garfield Road. The honour roll lists those from Riverstone and district who served in World War I.

President of the Riverstone and District Historical Society, Judith Lewis, said the loss of the old board had been a sore point for many in the community. ‘‘It’s unfortunate the original has not yet been found and we are thankful for the replica,’’ she said.

The original was above the fireplace in the waiting room at Riverstone station since October 28, 1918. It disappeared in the early ’80s after being taken down for repair. Since then, members of the Riverstone-Schofields RSL Subbranch and the historical society have been trying to find it but with no luck.

Ms Lewis said the replica purchased by the historical society was made possible by the funding of the Anzac Centenary Grants Program.  ‘‘It will sit above the museum’s fireplace in the original 1883 school room which would have been the room for most of those 131 soldiers and now serves as the entry to the museum,’’ she said.

In the newly formed society’s second journal from 1998 Sam Lane wrote in Sam Lane’s Letters to the Editor: ‘‘As I look at a photo of the Riverstone & District Honour Board of the First World War, I find it contains the names of 131 men — indeed, something to be proud of when one considers what a small town Riverstone was then’’.

Ms Lewis said those words still resonate.
Hawkesbury Gazette, 9 July 2015. 


 

Location

Address:81 Garfield Road East, Riverstone Historical Society & Museum, Riverstone, 2765
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.677415
Long: 150.865185
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Honour Roll
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Link:http://www.dva.gov.au/consultation-…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 5th July, 2015
Front Inscription

1914  THE GREAT WORLD WAR 1918

RIVERSTONE & DISTRICT HONOR ROLL 

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Source: MA, DVA
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