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R.A.A.F. Rathmines Memorial

R.A.A.F. Rathmines Memorial
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Description / Background

Stone brick monument set on a plinth with a Catalina propeller on the top. The memorial has three stone brick walls to the front and facing the monument, with plaques of deceased personnel who were associated with seaplanes at Rathmines between 1939-1960.

The memorial is located adjacent to Rathmines Bowling Club (formerly the Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.) base Officers' Mess).

More information about the Rathmines R.A.A.F. base can be found on the NSW Heritage Office website.

Notes on veterans' names:

  • On the memorial:
    • E Carington-Smith is given as E Carrington-Smith
    • L Farrands is given as L Farands
    • R G Hender is given as R S Hender
    • M B Tyrrell is given as M B Tyrell
    • H McGillivray is given as H McGillvray
    • R W Schulz is given as R W Schultz
    • A Thompson is given as A Thomson
    • N L Woodhouse is given as N D Woodhouse
    • D J Hookings is given as D J Hookins
    • A Hinchcliffe has been found on official records as both Hinchcliffe and Hinchliffe.
  • National Archives records indicate the cause of death for W I Meyers may have been accidental.
  • No records can be found for a T H Cox. This may be Thomas Rawson Cox who died of disease.
  • I D V Ralfe and J H Barnes are not listed as deceased on official records. The status codes for these two veterans have been left as killed in action (KIA) as that is what is indicated by the memorial.
  • All other status codes have been based on information from the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, National Archives information, the World War Two nominal roll and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Inscription

Column

Dedicated to those who served at the R.A.A.F. Rathmines and to all associated with Flying Boats and Seaplanes 1939 – 1960. Unveiled by Air Vice Marshall W. E. Townsend G.B. C.B.E. 16th Sept., 1972.

South wall plaque

In memory of members of No 11 (Flying Boat)

Squadron, RAAF who gave their lives during the 1939-1945 hostilities [Names]

South wall plaque

In memory of members of No 20 (Flying Boat) Squadron, RAAF who gave their lives during the 1939-1945 hostilities [Names]

North wall plaque

In memory of members of RAAF (Flying Boat) Squadrons & Units who gave their lives during the 1939-1945 hostilities [Names]

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
M D R Berghouse World War 2 RAAF view
C S Billington World War 2 RAAF view
L J Blackwell World War 2 RAAF view
F Blakey World War 2 RAAF view
R L L Bodie World War 2 RAAF view
M V M Bowness World War 2 RAAF view
A S Boyd World War 2 RAAF view
M Bradshaw World War 2 RAAF view
R H Bradstreet World War 2 RAAF view
N J Brown World War 2 RAAF view

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Address
Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park
Stilling Street
Rathmines NSW 2283
Local Government Area
Lake Macquarie, City of
Setting
Garden/park
Memorial type
Monument
Recorded by
Mr Robert McLardy and Penny Furner - Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Trust
Year of construction
1972
Dedication date
16 September 1972
Conflict/s
Second World War, 1939–45