Port Macquarie War Memorial

Description: 

 

The following description is taken from: The Port Macquarie War Memorial 1921-2000 by Colin Purbrick. (PDF format)

'The monument design was initially prepared by the contractor, Mr Alfred Goode but it was later modified under advice from the Ministry of Local Government.

As its centrepiece, the memorial consists of a traditional Doric column which was highly polished and carved from a single piece of stone ten feet six inches (323 cm.) high and one foot six niches (457 mm) in diameter.

Atop the column is mounted, on a carved stone base, a sphere representing the universe with the continents said to be depicted. This feature is not readily seen from the ground today.

The column is mounted on a pedestal with three steps, the whole being architecturally correct, both in design and proportion.

The stone used is a combination of Bowral trachyte and Aberdeen red granite, partly polished and partly fine axed.

On one side of the base is inscribed 'Erected to Commemorate the Great World War, 1914 -1919, and the Victory of the Allies' and on another side 'Unveiled on Port Macquarie Centenary 30/3/21.'

Current records do not show if the original plans included the erection of a complimentary stone and chain fence around the squared off base of the memorial. Early photographs depict rough carved stone corner and centre posts with smooth pyramid shaped tops, connected together with a steel link chain. Centre posts at the southern end formed a gateway to the base of the monument. The addition of the chain acted as a barrier to anyone using the memorial for any activity other than its intended purpose. The memorial was built on time although the Committee had a shortfall of £60 ($120) in its funds. However, on the afternoon of 30th March 1921, before a great gathering of local residents and dignitaries suffering heavy showers of rain, the imposing monument was unveiled'.

In 2016 the memorial was relocated from the Town Green to the northern side of the Horton and Clarence Street intersection, and plinths were added. 

 

Inscription: 

 

On a world globe atop the column:

'THEY CROSSED THE OCEAN'

 

Plaques:

'Erected to Commemorate the Great War, 1914 - 1919, and the Victory of the Allies'

'Unveiled on Port Macquarie Centenary 30/3/21'

'World War II 1939-1945, Egypt Libya Greece Crete Syria Papua New Guinea Bougainville Borneo Malaya Singapore, on all oceans and in the air'

Korea War 1950-1953, Kapyong 25 April 1951, Sarawon, Chong Ju, Pakchon, Chaum-Ni'

'Malaya Anti Terrorist Operations 1950-1957'

'Boer War 1899-1902'

 

Dedication: 

1921-03-30 00:00:00.0
 

War: 

First World War, 1914-1918
Second World War, 1939-1945
Egypt [Sinai] (MFO), 1982-1986, 1993 -
Libya
Greece
Crete
Syria
PNG [Bougainville] (TMG), 1997-1998
PNG [Bougainville] (PMG), 1998-2003
Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960
Singapore
Korea, 1950-1953
Kapyong 25 April 1951
Sarawon
Chong Ju
Pakchon
Chaum-Ni
Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960
South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
 
Memorial in old locationMemorial in old locationMemorial in new location
 

Recorded By: 

Colin Purbrick, E. John Wade and Bob Metcalfe (RSL Port Macquarie Sub-Branch)
 

Established: 

1921
 
 

Location / Surrounding Area: 

Memorial Location
 

Address Data: 

Cnr Clarence & Horton Streets
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
 
 

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