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The Broken Blade Memorial commemorates soldiers of the Eight Division most of whom trained at the former Army camp on Limekilns Road.

It pays tribute to the many soldiers of the Eighth Division who sacrificed their lives in the Malaya campaign and to the many survivors of the Division who still suffer the effects of the war and the ordeal of Prisoner of War Camps.

The column is shaped in the form of a blade. At the broken tip the figure "8" with a sword cross is incised, recalling the grim days of Japan's initial drive to the South on mainland Asia which eventually halted on the very doorstep of Australia. 

In 2008, a young man accidentally bumped and dislodged the two-tonne piece of granite which fell and shattered beyond repair. The Broken Blade Memorial was rededicated on the 17th May 2009.


Address:William Street, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst, 2795
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.418984
Long: 149.579062
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Designer:Dr. J. E. Flak
Monument Manufacturer:Loveridge & Hudson


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 15th August, 1970
Front Inscription

1939  1945

From this District where most of its units assembled and trained for battle, A.I.F.  

Malaya and the Eighth Australian Division, A.I.F. went out to long years of tribulation in Malaya and Southern Asia.

In battle courageous in captivity its spirit remained unbroken

15th August, 1970


Inscription in Proximity

The concept of this memorial is that of a warrior`s blade which had been tested for battle, found ready, and stamped with the armourer`s mark, "The 8 and the Cross".

The blade with its missing point symbolises the Division. The broken blade leaves 8 partly defaced but clearly iIdentifiable, for the Division was not broken.  The sword and cross symbolising that the 8 Division fought for a Christian civilisation and believed their fight was a just one.

The stone from which the memorial was sculptured came from Tarana, between Bathurst and Lithgow.  The Division fought in Malaya, Singapore, Timor, Ambon and New Britain.  Battle casualties and deaths whilst Prisoners of War of the Japanese were very heavy.

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