Nowra Memorial Gates and Sculpture

Description

The memorial is an unusual inter-war period castellated gateway, slightly assymetrical in design. It is constructed of rock faced ashlar sandstone, with battlemented parapets and crenellated towers. There is a central arch plaqued in dressed sandstone, and four arched gateways with wrought iron gates, two each side of the central arch, for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Originally built to honour those who served in World War I, a memorial sculpture has since been added to honour those who served in World War II and subsequent conflicts.

The sculpture depicts an Australian serviceman standing free on his island home in a memorial fountain, with his rifle and helmet discarded, his country's freedom secured, but forever on the alert to safeguard the future.

The approach along Junction Street connects the memorial to the town centre and accentuates the dramatic setting for the sculpture.

Memorial was dedicated in 1931 (Architect: Cyril Blacket) and the Sculpture in 1968 (Sculptor: O.L. Steen)The memorial is located at the entrance of the Nowra Showground.

Inscription

For those who served 'Forget them not, the valiant souls who fought and proudly dies; now, nameless in distant graves they lie, with naught but pride in knowing that their precious land continued to be free. We cannot give, but can keep alive their memory.'

South Africa (Boer) 1899 - 1902

Second World War 1939 - 1945 'lest We Forget'

Korean War 1950 - 1953

Malayan Emergency 1952 - 1960

Vietnam War For all those who served, suffered and died 1962 - 1973

Indonesian Confrontation 1963 - 1966

Gulf War 1990 - 1991

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Campaign Link
R Abernethy World War 1 view
J A Aldous World War 1 view
G Aldous World War 1 view
C Alexander World War 1 view
A L Anderson World War 1 KIA view
H H Anderson World War 1 KIA view
M Anderson World War 1 view
P Argent World War 1 view
F M Armstrong World War 1 view
E Arthur World War 1 view
Address
Nowra Showground, Sportsground,Intersection of West and Junction Streets
Nowra NSW 2541
Location/surrounding area
Memorial Location
Recorded by
Mr J. A. Smith (Hon Sec), Nowra-Greenwell Point RSL Sub-Branch
Established date
1931
Dedication date

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