Penrith City Memory Park and Roll of Honour

Description

Penrith's Memory Park and honour roll walls were first unveiled on 8 July 1922. The memorials have been refurbished recently and were rededicated on 31 October 2008.

The newer design was chosen form four different proposals submitted by artist and sculptor Terrance Plowright. A feature of the park is now the memorial sculpture. The construction used 23.5 tonnes of local sandstone, one tonne of cast bronze, 316 stainless steel plate, 11 cubic metres of concrete and steel and LED lighting with controllers. The sculpture contains four bronze figures. They were cast using the “Lost Wax Technique” and represent the Navy, Army, Air Force and Women's Royal Australian Naval Service. The central stainless steel contemporary form represents the “Eternal Flame” and incorporates 49 LED’s wired to a control unit which enables each light to flicker on and off randomly. The stainless steel ribbons at the base of the figures help tie, or lead, them back to the flame. There is LED lighting recessed within the sculpture to highlight cavities or spaces, helping to create a greater dramatic outcome.

To the front left and right sides of the sculpture are four walls bearing the original honour roll tablets and later rolls and plaques. The walls each weigh approximately 2.5 tonnes. 

Notes on veterans' names:

  • Those veterans given the status of 'In Memoriam' are those who are indicated as deceased on the memorial, but for whom no records of death can be found.
  • All other status codes are from the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour except for L S Boggs and A Richards, who are recorded as deceased on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission casualty list.
  • The Australian War Memorial gives a Military Cross and Distinguished Conduct Medal to S Colless.
  • C Blaxland is the great-grandson of the explorer Gregory Blaxland.
  • V Owens is recorded on the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour as E L V Owens, while T H Stewart is recorded as H T H Stewart.
Inscription

Plaque

Memory Park
The Great War 1914 - 1918

This park and memorial
was dedicated by
His Exc. Sir Walter Davidson K.C.M.G. 
July 8th 1922

Plaque from 1989

Penrith Roll of Honour

In memory of those who
gave their lives on active service
World War 2. 1939-1945
Korea 1950-1953
Malaya 1948-1960
Malay Peninsular 1964-1966
Sabar-Sarawak 1962-1966
Vietnam 1962-1972

For your tomorrow we gave our today.

Unveiled by
His Excellency Rear Admiral,
Sir David Martin K.C.M.C., A.O.
Governor of New South Wales.
27th June 1989.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflicts Fate Service No. Service Campaign Link
F A Abbott World War 1 KIA view
M K S Adams World War 1 view
L M T Adams World War 1 view
L C Adams World War 2 KIA Army view
F Ahmelman World War 1 view
G Ahmelman World War 1 view
C Andrews World War 1 view
H V Andrews World War 1 view
J C L Arrowsmith World War 1 view
W G R Arrowsmith World War 1 view
Address
Cnr Woodriff Street and Union Lane
Penrith NSW 2750
Local Government Area
  • Penrith, City of
Setting
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Statue/sculpture/artwork
  • Wall
Recorded by
Ms Jane Williamson & Mrs Janice Williams, Terrance Plowright, (Designer, Sculptor and Builder of the memorial), and Peter Levarre-Waters
Established date
1922
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Dedication date: 
1922-07-08
Dedication date
08 July 1922
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45
  • Korean War, 1950–53
  • Malayan Emergency, 1950–60
  • Indonesian Confrontation, 1963–66
  • Vietnam War, 1962–75

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