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About war memorials

A 'war memorial' is a commemorative construction dedicated to people who have served and died in war, or because of war.

In Australia and around the world, war memorials range from simple memorial plaques to grand monuments. Memorials can also be:

  • honour rolls
  • museums and monuments
  • gates, columns, walls, and arches
  • crosses such as the Cross of Sacrifice
  • obelisks, cenotaphs and cairns
  • statues such as our 'digger memorials'
  • stones including Stones of Remembrance cenotaphs

Usually a war memorial is:

  • considered to be a war memorial by the community 
  • acknowledged by its local RSL sub-branch to be a war memorial 
  • named or marked to indicate that it is a war memorial 
  • related to Anzac Day, for example, if it is a hall, Anzac Day services may be held there

There are places dedicated as war memorials that also serve a further practical purpose such as gardens, pavilions, pools, halls, hospitals and lighthouses.

About the Register of War Memorials in NSW 

The Register of War Memorials in NSW records the war memorials located in New South Wales and also the veterans commemorated on each memorial.

There are more than 3,000 war memorials in our State, and the NSW Government and the RSL (NSW Branch) are committed to documenting each of these memorials with care and respect.

This worthwhile task can only be accomplished using the combined resources of members of the community, local councils, RSL sub-branches and our schools.

Registering a war memorial on the Register

To register a war memorial

  1. Check that the memorial is not already listed on the Register.
  2. If it is not registered, record and document the memorial.
  3. Once your documentation is complete, submit the documentation to the State Library for publishing on the Register website.  This can be done online, by email or post.

You can find detailed information on how to document and register a war memorial on pages in this section.