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The Wakehurst Parkway was named in 1946 to commemorate the governorship of New South Wales by Lord Wakehurst from April 1937 to January 1946. 

The majority of the route (Wakehurst Parkway) was constructed new in the 1940's as employment relief. The project was approved in October 1939 and work was progressing well until in March 1942 work was stopped because of the war. Construction was recommenced in March 1945 and opened to traffic in March 1946. 

Lord Wakehurst was appointed Governor of New South Wales in 1937. The governor`s extended appointment ended on 8 January 1946 - then a record term. Succeeded by (Sir) John Northcott, he was the last non-Australian Governor of New South Wales.  Lord Wakehurst died in October 1970.  




Address:Wakehurst Parkway, North Narrabeen, 2101
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.708657
Long: 151.281804
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Road
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Actual Event Start Date:08-April-1937
Actual Event End Date:08-January-1946


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 22nd March, 1946
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Plaque : 

Commemorating the New South Wales governorship of the Lord Wakehurst K.C.M.G.

8th April 1937 to 8th January 1946

Wakehurst Parkway

Constructed by Department of Main Roads N.S.W.

Opened on 22nd March 1946 by

The Hon. W. J. McKell.  Premier
The Hon. M. O`Sullivan         D. Craig      
Minister for Transport            Commissioner for Main Roads

Source: H,MA,ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au