Caring for our war memorials

Caring for our War Memorials is a guide prepared by the NSW Public Works Advisory. It outlines best-practice advice to local communities and tradespeople on how to appropriately safeguard a war memorial’s significance and maintain its fabric and setting. The guide is intended to show how local communities can honour their servicemen and servicewomen with due ceremony, while also protecting war memorials from risk and damage so that they can be conserved for future generations of Australians.

Most war memorials will not require repair or restoration. Some may require minor works of ongoing maintenance. A few may justify major works on the basis of sound evaluation of risks. Responsible management means knowing what action is required, if any, and when. With the right knowledge and awareness we can all participate in safeguarding our state’s war memorials so that their special values, associations and meanings will endure.

Read the guide: Caring for our War Memorials

Disclaimer: Best endeavours have been made to provide accurate advice, NSW Public Works and the Trustees of the Anzac Memorial take no responsibility for any loss or damage based on the information provided.

Community War Memorials Fund 

The Community War Memorials Fund is a NSW Government grant program that was established in 2008 to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW. The program provides grant funding for projects that are in line best practice heritage conservation and has previously supported activities such as specialist condition assessments of war memorials, the physical repair of monuments and honour rolls, and arborist advice for war memorial avenues of honour. 

Grant applications are assessed twice a year by the State War Memorials Committee which is comprised of senior representatives of the Returned and Services League of Australia NSW Branch, Public Works Advisory, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs. War memorials must be recorded on the NSW War Memorials Register in order to be eligible for funding. 

For more information on the Community War Memorials Fund, please visit the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs website

Useful links

General

Understanding significance

Documentation

Cleaning

Graffiti

Masonry

Metals

Plantings and setting

Repointing mortar joints