Port Macquarie AFC and RAAF Memorial (RAAF Association)

Description: 

Facade:
The Memorial is 4.00 metres long, 3.35 metres high, and 0.39 metres deep, with a white textured rock fascia and features a centrally mounted three bladed Hamilton Standard Variable Pitch Propeller from a C47 Dakota aircraft.

On either side of the propeller is a bronze inscription plaque, one reflecting the origin of the propeller, the other the particulars of the Memorial Dedication and Unveiling. Mounted above the propeller is a third bronze plaque noting the change to Port Macquarie Branch from 16 June 1990. At this time the nameplate across the top of the Memorial was also changed to read Port Macquarie Branch.

Three flag poles are erected at the Memorial, one either side and the third centrally at the rear of the structure. The third flag pole was added after the original construction and unveiling.

Construction
The Memorial was designed by RAAF Association member and architect, Mr Bill Goodes of Wauchope and is a reinforced concrete inner wall faced with white Monier split rock textured blocks. A concrete plinth across the top carries the name board and the Memorial is surrounded by brown Monier block paving.

Mr Goodes supervised construction and the work was carried out largely by Association members using materials and services donated, or provided at reduced rates, by local businesses. These include Monier, ARC, BMG Concrete, Acrow Hire, and Port Crane Hire. Hastings Funeral and Cremation Services donated one of the bronze inscription plaques and the propeller was donated by AIRPROPS Australia of Moorabbin Victoria.

 

Inscription: 

Plaque:
This Memorial is dedicated to all members who served in the A.F.C. and R.A.A.F.
unveiled by
His Excellency Air Marshal Sir James Rowland KBE DFC AFC KSt.J
Governor of New South Wales
24th March 1983
Per Ardua Ad Astra
[Through adversity to the stars]

Plaque:
The Hamilton Standard variable pitch propeller is typical of the propellers used on aircraft flown and serviced by members of the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II

Erected by members of the Oxley Region Air Force Association
Per Ardua Ad Astra

Plaque:
Port Macquarie Branch
From 16th June 1990

Unveiling and Dedication

The Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony on the 24 March 1983 in front of local dignitaries and guests was hosted by the Vice President of the Oxley Region Branch Mr Vern Polley, in the absence overseas of the President, Mr W. H. Martin.

The Memorial was unveiled by the then Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency Air Marshal Sir James Rowland KBE DFC AFC KStJ, who had previously held the appointment of Chief of the Air Staff in the Royal Australian Air Force.

RAAF Chaplain, the Reverend Roger Boerth from RAAF Base Williamtown performed the Dedication.

A Guard of Honour from RAAF Base Williamtown was in attendance, together with the Officer Commanding, Air Commodore W.D.J. Monaghan.

 

Dedication: 

1983-03-24 00:00:00.0
 
 

Recorded By: 

SQNLDR A J Moy (Ret'd) for RAAF Assoc. Port Macquarie Branch
 

Established: 

1983
 

Location / Surrounding Area: 

Memorial Location
 

Address Data: 

Oliver Drive, Port Macquarie Airport
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
 
 

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