Scone Memorial Swimming Pool and War Memorial

Pool entry with War Memorial obelisk in foregroundScone War Memorial Swimming Pool - the olympic poolScone War Memorial Swimming Pool official pool opening plaqueScone War Memorial obelisk view from pool entry view from the streetScone War Memorial obelisk view from pool entry

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 column 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.

Media coverage:

[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."



External signage

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.


Front side

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.

Back, left, right sides


Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Campaign Link
R Cross Not Recorded KIA view
C W Thompson Not Recorded KIA view
F Hill Not Recorded KIA view
J Boyle Not Recorded KIA view
D V Mulholland Not Recorded KIA view
G C Crossing Not Recorded KIA view
S S Thurlow Not Recorded KIA view
A E Howard Not Recorded KIA view
R Bradley Not Recorded KIA view
A Mychael Not Recorded KIA view
2-14 Guernsey Street
Scone NSW 2337
Local Government Area
  • Upper Hunter Shire
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Column/pillar
  • Swimming pool/swimming centre
Recorded by
Scone Public School
Established Date format: 
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  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45
  • Korean War, 1950–53

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