Martins Creek Public School Peace Memorial Garden


A section of school grounds fenced off to form a Peace Garden. Entrance to the garden is along a short path from the street, to a covered table and BBQ area. The garden includes a large bushrock with six plaques attached to a smooth face. The centre plaque is the dedication, with the surrounding five plaques naming five local men who served in the First World War. In the covered table and BBQ area, there is also a wooden plaque commemorating the 50th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day (V.P. Day).


Dedication plaque:

Martins Creek Public School
Dedicated by the Hon. Terry Metherell, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs as a community tribute to the life and witness of heroic local men who served, and especially those who died, in World War 1.
'Praise to your young courage.. for that is the way to the stars.'
Armistice Day 1989
Ross Bell B.Ed. Dip. Teacher-in-Charge


William Henry Burt Serial No. 1435 Private son of Edward and Ann Maria BURT A railway porter who enlisted in the A.I.F. on 20 February, 1916 Embarked at Sydney for service overseas per H.M.A.T. 'Hororata', 2nd May 1916 Died of Wounds, 14th October, 1917, received in action in Belgium. Buried at Ljssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium Twenty one years


George Henry PRIESTLEY Serial No. 2191, Lance Corporal son of George Henry and Grace Bertha PRIESTLEY A farmer, who enlisted in the A.I.F. on 20th April, 1915 Embarked for service overseas per H.M.A.T. 'Karoola', 16 June 1915 Served at Gallipoli, Malta and France. Killed in action in France February 11, 1917. Buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery, France. Twenty two years.


Herbert Raymond LUSTY Serial No. 1663, Private son of Thomas and Caroline LUSTY, brother of Thomas Sydney LUSTY, killed at Passchendaele. A farmer who enlisted in the A.I.F. on 25th February, 1916 Embarked for services overseas per H.M.A.T. 'Hororata', 2nd May, 1916 Killed in action at Lagnicourt, France, April 15th, 1917. Commemorated at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial to the missing Twenty two years.


Sylvanus Henry TYRELL Serial No. 1478, Private The son of William Tyrell at Martins Creek A man who enlisted in the A.I.F. on 5th February 1916 Embarked for service overseas per H.M.A.T. 'Hororata' 2nd May 1916 Killed in action in France 15th July 1918 buried at the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery lx A 7 21 years.


John Hugh KERR Serial No. 1841, Private husband of Catherine Kerr of Martins Creek A labourer who enlisted in the A.I.F. on 4th January 1916 Embarked for service overseas per H.M.A.T. 'Port Sydney' on 2nd May 1916 Died of Wounds 8th April 1918 Buried at St. Saver Cemetery Extension Part 1 P. lx C 8B Forty one years.

V.P. Day plaque:

Westringia hedges planted by the children of Martins Creek Public School on the 50th Anniversary of V.P. 15th August 1995.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Campaign Link
Private William Henry Burt World War 1 DOW 1435 AIF Belgium view
Private John Hugh Kerr World War 1 DOW 1841 AIF view
Private Herbert Raymond Lusty World War 1 KIA 1663 AIF Lagnicourt view
Lance Corporal George Henry Priestley World War 1 KIA 2191 AIF France view
Private Sylvanus Henry Tyrell World War 1 KIA 1478 AIF France view
10 Cook Street
Martins Creek NSW 2420
Local Government Area
  • Dungog Shire
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Garden/park
Recorded by
Mr Robert McLardy, Cr. Glenn Wall & Mr. Christopher Wall
Established date
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Dedication date: 
Dedication date
11 November 1989
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45

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