McCarthy Memorial Park

Description: 

This memorial park has multiple elements all located within a beautiful garden setting: 1. A sandstone wall with bronze sculptures of personnel from the three Australian Military Services and the Australian Women's Services, relief badges for the various Services, the Merchant Navy and the Australia Remembers 1945-1995 badge, together with a stainless steel sculpture of the perpetual flame and wording LEST WE FORGET. 2. The old City of Fairfield World War 1 Roll of Honour. 3. A granite altar with inset stainless steel sword, a cross and the words LEST WE FORGET. 4. A large flagstaff in front of the altar. 5. Bronze bowl mounted on a sandstone block with the words LEST WE FORGET attached. 6. A bronze sundial mounted on a stone block. 7. Two trees of different ages from Lone Pine, Gallipoli and associated plaques. 8. A World War 2 field gun and a 3 inch mortar (1944). The back wall of the park has numerous plaques attached in memory of deceased members and associate members of Smithfield RSL. McCarthy Memorial Park received a major upgrade in 2008.

 

Inscription: 

[Sandstone wall] Lest We Forget [Granite altar] Lest We Forget [Bronze bowl] Lest We Forget [Bronze sundial] At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. Lest We Forget. Smithfield RSL Sub Branch [Older Lone Pine] This pine is from the Gallipoli slopes taken off the family of the LONE PINE a landmark made famous during the ANZAC occupation of Gallipoli [Younger Lone Pine] The Lone Pine Pinus halepensis. Lone Pine of Plateau 400 was the scene of a major diversionary offensive launched by the 1st Australian Infantry Division on 6 August 1915. The Turks had cut down all but one of the trees that clothed the ridge to cover their trenches. The ridge dominated by the single Allepo Pine (Pinus halepensis) became known as Lone Pine. In three days of fighting the Australians lost more than 2000 men and the Turks losses were estimated at 7000. Seven Victoria Crosses were awarded. Two Australian soldiers Lance Corporal Benjamin Smith of the 3rd Battalion and Sergeant Keith McDowell of the 24th Battalion souvenired pinecones from the ridge that found their way back to Australia. Seedlings were planted by their families, and one was planted by the Duke of Gloucester at the Australian War Memorial in October 1934. Yarralumla Nursery in Canberra propagates a number of trees from seeds collected from the tree at the Australian War Memorial. In 1990 two trees were taken back to Gallipoli with war veterans who attended the memorial service to mark the 75th anniversary of the battle of Lone Pine. This pine is a descendant of the original Lone Pine The McCarthy Memorial Park. Opened by E A Barry Esq 11.11.1979 President of the Smithfield Sub-Branch RSL and the Leo McCarthy Memorial Smithfield Sub-Branch RSL Limited The McCarthy Memorial Park was officially re-opened 3 September 2008 by Councillor Nick Lalich, Mayor Fairfield City Council “Lest We Forget' Sub-Branch Trustees: DW Newall, KW Cato, KJ Thomson

 

Dedication date: 

1979-11-11 00:00:00.0
 
 

Recorded by: 

Mr Ken Thomson (lodged by Fairfield City Library), David Roden and Peter Levarre-Waters
 

Established date: 

1979
 

Location/surrounding area: 

Memorial Location
 

Address Data: 

Cumberland Highway,Opposite the Smithfield RSL
Smithfield NSW 2164
 
 

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Veterans Listed

FirstName LastNamesort descending Conflict Link
P T Ainsworth World War 1 view
A Anderson World War 1 view
J Anderson World War 1 view
F Armitage World War 1 view
H L G Ashe World War 1 view
A E Austin World War 1 view
G W Banes World War 1 view
F J Banham World War 1 view
J L Barker World War 1 view
E E Barrett World War 1 view

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