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01-September-2020 (Henry Moulds)
01-September-2020 (Henry Moulds)

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The hospital commemorates those who served in World War One. 

The foundation stone for the Canowindra Soldiers Memorial Hospital was laid on the 26th May 1921. The opening ceremony was held on 28th June 1922 wich was "Peace Day". Within the main entrance foyer are located the marble honour rolls, memorial Photos and small plaques within a wooden frame dedicated to gifts and services donated to the hospital. Just inside the main entrance gates is located a trophy gun from World War One.

Rain was threatening, dark clouds hovered all round, and a biting cold wind was blowing— a day for indoor life and cosy fires. Such was the outlook on Wednesday afternoon in the valley of the Belabula, where nestles the rich and growing town of Canowindra. But what mattered the weather to the residents when they were going to celebrate an event to live for ever in the history of Belabula's capital, the opening of the soldiers' memorial hospital.  The event was timed to start at 1.30, and well before time many hundreds —growing in time to nearly two thousand — of residents were on the spot.

From the hospital grounds a magnificent view of the valley is to be obtained, for the building is on a knoll that commands a view of the country for miles. The building is a very fine one, and an imposing structure. At the front, in the centre, is a lofty tower, not needed viewing the place merely as a hospital, but very fitting when recognising that the hospital is a memorial to Canowindra's brave soldiers.  Mr. Oakes delivered a stirring patriotic address before he unveiled the two rolls of honor — two magnificent slabs of marble in the portico, weighing five cwt. each, and bearing in the gold names of some 260 men who volunteered in the great war from Canowindra about 60 of whom made the supreme sacrifice. 
The Bathurst Times (NSW),  6 July 1922.




Address:Browns Avenue, Canowindra, 2804
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.557983
Long: 148.676153
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 22nd June, 1922
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Canowindra Soldiers Memorial Hospital

Plaque :

This stone was laid by His Excellency Sir Walter Edward Davidson K. C. M. G. Governor of New South Wales on 26th May 1921

The Honourable J. J. Gregory McGirr M. L. A. Minister for Public Health and Motherhood

Entrance Foyer:

Honour Roll

The Great War 1914 - 1918

These men answered their country's call

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Source: NRWM, MA
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