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This memorial is a sculpture called 'Spiral Ascent' by Graham Chalcroft. It is two interlocking spirals of posts topped by Wedge-tailed Eagle wings that represent the insignia for the Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.). It was opened on 29 October 2006. It is located on the land that was the R.A.A.F. Station Bradfield Park, now Council community land.
The memorial is dedicated to the men and women of the R.A.A.F. and the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (W.A.A.A.F.), 200,000 of who passed through the station including 15,624 air crew. Many made the supreme sacrifice.
Ku-ring-gai Council celebrating 100 years 1906-2006
This plaque commeorates the Royal Australian Air Force Station Bradfield Park 27th May 1940 - 31 October 1946. More than 200,000 members of the RAAF and WAAAF passed through the station including 15,642 Air Crew, many making the supreme sacrifice.
PER ARDUA AD ASTRA.
Unveiled by the Hon. Dr Brendan Nelson MP, Minister for Defence, Chief of Air Force, Air Marshall Geoff Shepherd A.O., Counciloor Nick Ebbeck, Mayor of Ku-ring-gai.
Artwork title: Spiral Ascent
Artist: Graham Chalcroft
Artwork description: The scuplture represents the graceful and poetic flight of the wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax) - the insignia for the RAAF. The wings ascend in interlocking spirals symbolising the shared knowledge, spirit and friendships that were developed at the former RAAF station.
29 October 2006
Supported by funding from Ku-ring-gai Council, the CSIRO and the Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs
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