2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War. To commemorate this important year, the NSW Government interviewed WWII veterans about their experiences. Read our 75th Anniversary Stories.
This memorial swimming pool was dedicated on 1 October 1960 in honour of those who served in the First and Second Wars. In front of the entrance to the pool is a memorial pillar bearing an honour roll for those same conflicts, as well as the Korean War.
The pool is located between Parker Street and the New England Highway.
Excerpt from The Scone Advocate, 30 September 1960:
Standing in front of the entrance gates to the Scone War Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool is a commemorative separate memorial, which was designed by Mr. B. L. Armitage, of Scone, in collaboration with the Scone Shire Council, which has been erected by the firm of local stone masons, B. L. Armitage and Co.
It consists of a reinforced concrete base 12 feet, square, with a second base of sandstone 7 feet square. The roughcast obelisk is made of South Australian black granite and is 9 feet high and tapers from 2 feet 6 inches at the base to 2 feet square at the top. Inserted in the four recessed faces are four polished black granite panels each 5 feet by 1 foot 3 inches.
One of these panels carries the commemorative inscription and on the other three faces are inscribed the names of 152 Scone and district soldiers who died on active service in World Wars I and II and in Korea. On the four faces above the polished panels, bronze laurel wreaths with torches have been fastened. The aggregate weight of the whole structure is approximately 10 tons. In a setting of future lawns and gardens, and backed by willow and eucalypt trees, the memorial strikes a simple, dignified and impressive note, and is a fitting reminder that the swimming pool serves as a memorial to those who gave their lives in both World Wars.
Scone & District War Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool
This swimming centre was official opened on 1st October 1960 by The Hon. P.N. Ryan, MLA, Minister for Public Works NSW.
In memory of those from Scone and from the District of Scone who went forth and gave their lives in defence of their Country. Lest we forget.
|Rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflicts||Fate||Service No.||Service||Campaign||Link|
|J C||Lowe||Not Recorded||KIA||view|
|J R||MacCallum||Not Recorded||KIA||view|
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