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The flagpole commemorates those who served in World War One. 

The memorial was the initiative of the Vaucluse Progress Association formed in May 1915. The Association's first years were concerned almost wholly with supporting the war effort and the loss of two of its members was keenly felt – Roy Oswald Middleton, killed by shell explosion at Pozieres on 25 July 1916, and Benjamin Digby Gibson who drowned in Egypt on 14 January 1917. Middleton was an architect who had designed a number of houses in the district, and Gibson a medical practitioner who had migrated from Ireland and settled in Vaucluse in 1914. 

Members of the Association built the memorial, a 12m high, white painted flagpole flanked by 75mm bore canons on a sandstone base, in 1918. The monument marked the entrance to 'Memory Drive', a planned avenue of trees which the Association anticipated would become "an eternal reminder of our debt to our gallant men, keeping their memory green and their sacrifices in honoured remembrance" (The Vauclusian, 1919).

On the occasion of this visit to Vaucluse on Saturday next his Excellency the Governor, Sir Walter Davidson, will unfurl the flag on the flagpole which has been erected at the junction of William and Wentworth roads in connection with the Memory Drive in honour of local men who have gone to the front. The ceremony will take place at 2 o'clock. 
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW),  24 October 1918.


Address:Fitzwilliam Road & Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, 2030
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.849996
Long: 151.274508
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Flagpole
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 26th October, 1918
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A grateful tribute to the gallant men who fought for us in the Great War

The flag was unfurled by His Excellency the Governor Sir Walter Davidson KCMG

26. 10. 18


Source: MA,NRWM
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