Rocky Hill War Memorial Tower and Honour Roll, Goulburn



In July 1920 the Goulburn community decided that a public ‘soldier’s memorial’ should be built to commemorate those who served in the First World War. The Rocky Hill War Memorial was built by public subscription as a lasting tribute to the men and women of Goulburn who served during this conflict. The land on which the Tower stands was bought by WJ Bartlett, a local citizen, and gifted to the people of Goulburn. The stone tower, designed by EC Manfred, stands 19.5 metres high watching over the City of Goulburn below, and is floodlit at night.

Officially opened by the Governor of NSW Sir Dudley De Chair, on the 15th December 1925, the memorial cost £5,500 to build. The Goulburn Evening Penny Post reported after the opening of Rocky Hill that:

‘…it was now generally admitted that this was the finest memorial in Australia. The architect, Mr E C Manfred, had designed a tower which, rough and rugged in its beauty, conformed to the surrounding hill whereon it stood and which reminded them of the sturdy bravery of our illustrious soldiers’.

The Rocky Hill War Memorial is a square tower of stone conglomerate and concrete. The lookout gallery at the top of the Memorial provides spectacular views over the city of Goulburn and surrounding district. Located on the main wall of the tower stairwell is the large white marble Honour Roll with the names of those who served from the district carved and blackened into the four white plaques. Against an adjacent wall is a white granite block on which a bowl and remembrance flame are placed. Behind this is a polished wood plaque bearing the badge of the Australian Military Forces and the words Lest We Forget and R.A.N. and A.F.C. The collection of objects, memorabilia, military heraldry and technology, allocated to the city of Goulburn after the First World War, as well as collections related to Goulburn’s association with subsequent wars, is housed in the nearby Rocky Hill Museum. Each object tells a unique story, of survival and the history of warfare. The Rocky Hill War Memorial (which includes the tower and Rocky Hill) is listed on the Register of the National Estate.



This foundation stone was laid by Mr W J Bartlett, donor of this hill to the citizens of Goulburn, ANZAC Day April 25 1924.
To those who served in the Great War 1914-18. In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of this memorial.
Unveiled by Ald. E J McDermott, Mayor. 15th December 1975.

This plaque was unveiled 11th November, 1984 to commemorate the lighting of the eternal flame by K Callinan, ED, JP, Installed as a joint project by the Goulburn City Council and the Goulburn sub-branch of the Returned Services league of Australia.
Alderman K Cole, Mayor, K E Brown, Town Clerk, K Hazelwood, JP, Sub-branch President.

This time capsule was sealed on 15 December 2000 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Goulburn War Memorial Rocky Hill.
It contains artifacts contributed by the Goulburn RSL sub-branch, Goulburn City Council, Mulwaree High School students and community members.


Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Campaign Link
W Abbott World War 1 view
E G Abrahams World War 1 Acc Killed view
H Abrahams World War 1 view
A Adams World War 1 view
W Adshead World War 1 KIA view
W T Affleck World War 1 view
C J Alchin World War 1 view
F H Alderton World War 1 view
G Aldridge World War 1 view
T G Alford World War 1 view
Memorial Road
Goulburn NSW 2580
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David Roden. Additional info and photos from Claire Baddeley, Museums Officer St Clair and Rocky Hill
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15 December 1925
First World War, 1914-1918

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