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Colo Vale Community Centre and War Memorial

Colo Vale Community Centre and War Memorial
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Colo Vale Community Centre
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Colo Vale Community Centre and War Memorial
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Colo Vale War Memorial
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Colo Vale War Memorial
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Colo Vale War Memorial
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Colo Vale War Memorial
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Description / Background

On 10 March 1939 land in Railway Street Colo Vale was allocated for the purpose of building a community hall. Plans, dated 25 July 1939, were drawn up and were used when work commenced in 1952. The building was completed in 1961. In October 2000, the hall now known as the Community Centre was dedicated as a memorial “to those who served in the defence of our country.”

In 2014-2015 a memorial was established in the front garden of the Centre. It was officially opened and dedicated on 18 April 2015 and the Centre was rededicated at the same time. Built specifically to coincide with the 100-year Anzac commemoration, the memorial was made possible by numerous community members and groups offering donations and volunteering their time and labour. The memorial consists of two semi-circular walls constructed of sandstone blocks with a paved walkway through the middle leading to the Centre. Two flagpoles stand beside the centre's entrance. Mounted on the top of the left-hand side of the wall are the insignias of the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force. On the top of the right-hand side are the words ‘Lest We Forget.’ The insignias and lettering are in bronze.

Inset into the walkway are numerous pavers inscribed in honour of Colo Vale locals who served in the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam War. There are 56 people who have been identified, the majority of whom were in the Army in the First and Second World Wars. However also included are three locals who served in the Air Force, two from the Navy, one woman from the Australian Women's Army Service and two servicemen who served in Vietnam. Each paver is inscribed with the veteran's name, unit numbers and theatre of war service.

Notes on veterans' names:

  • No records can be identified on the National Archives of Australia website or on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial for RS Stanton killed in action (KIA) 2/17th Battalion in the Second World War.
  • It appears Lance Corporal Neville Bruce Hanna service number NX60579 from the Second World War has been inadvertently missed from the listing. Further research is required.  
Inscription

Community Centre - exterior signage

Colo Vale Community Centre

A memorial erected to those who served
in the defence of our country

Memorial - right-hand side wall

Lest we forget

Memorial - dedication paver

This memorial was
dedicated on
18th April 2015
to all those who
served in defence
of our country.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
Private R B Addison Second World War, 1939 - 1945 NX25145 AIF Malaya view
Private W Addison Second World War, 1939 - 1945 NX13526 AIF view
Private L M Bateman First World War, 1914 - 1918 2007 AIF view
Warrant Officer B G Blatch Second World War, 1939 - 1945 420524 RAAF Ireland view
Lance Bombardier D B Blatch Second World War, 1939 - 1945 NX25732 AIF view
Corporal D B Blatch Vietnam War, 1962–75 2787227 AIF view
Private J S Blatch First World War, 1914 - 1918 2871 AIF France view
Electrical Artificer Power W D Blatch Vietnam War, 1962–75 R42106 RAN view
Craftsman R J Blatch Second World War, 1939 - 1945 NX204689 AIF view
Private J Chalker First World War, 1914 - 1918 3130 AIF view

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Address
28 Railway Avenue
Colo Vale NSW 2575
Local Government Area
Wingecarribee Shire
Setting
Roadside
Memorial type
Building
Wall
Recorded by
Ronald L McIntosh
Year of construction
1961 Community Centre, 2014-2015 Wall
Conflict/s
First World War, 1914–18
Second World War, 1939–45
Vietnam War, 1962–75