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Cowra Australian Italian Friendship Memorial
Cowra Australian Italian Friendship Memorial

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Russell Byers

The Australian - Italian Friendship Memorial is a polished red granite wall on a three-stepped polished black granite base. In the centre of the wall is an aperture in which are two bronze arms shaking hands.

It was officially opened on Australia Day 1997 to celebrate the Italian link to Australia. In particular it was erected in recognition of the Italians prisoners-of-war and Internees held Cowra during World War Two.


Address:Lynch & Kendal Streets, Fred Arnold Park, Cowra, 2794
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.835523
Long: 148.698542
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:Fernando Panetta
Monument Manufacturer:Granitex Pty. Ltd.


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 26th January, 1997
Front Inscription

"May we never forget the price of peace"

Sebastiano   Monument      Mayor Bruce Miller
Galazzo        Organiser

Dedicated to our enduring friendship

26th January 1997

Plaque :

In memory of Australian and Italian service personnel who died during WWII, to those who worked and were interned at the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp and in recognition and appreciation of the very significant cultural, social and economic contributions to Australian society by the Italian people.


Left Side Inscription


Right Side Inscription





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