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Shellharbour Peace Grove and Freedom Wall

Shellharbour Peace Grove and Freedom Wall
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Description / Background

The Freedom Wall is a commemoration wall situated in the Peace Grove, a grassed area surrounded by trees. One of the trees was propagated from the Lone Pine of Gallipoli. The wall contains approximately 113 plaques, with one missing. Each individual plaque has been placed by local families, individuals, clubs and organisations in honour of those local men and women who fought and served for our freedom. Anyone who lives or resided in the Shellharbour local government area was eligible to purchase a plaque. The plaque order form information and the unveiling were reported in the local newspaper, the Lake Times on 1 November 1995 and 15 November 1995.

There is seating nearby to enable reflection of the significance of this commemoration to the service men and women of the City. The Freedom Wall is part of the Australia Remembers 50th Anniversary of the Second World War program. 

The memorial was relocated to Benaud Crescent and was rededicated on 11 November 2015.



Freedom Wall


This Australia Remembers Freedom Wall was officially unveiled on Saturday 11 November, 1995 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of World War II by His Worship the Mayor Councillor Cec Glenholmes B.A Weir General Manager


Shellharbour City Council honours those men and women who served and fought for our freedom


Royal Naval Association of NSW remembers with gratitude the naval and civilian support personnel who died in the Pacific War


Shellharbour Public Hospital Auxiliary remembers in honour of those who fought and served in WW2.

Lake Illawarra South Primary School plaque

In memory of those who served for our freedom - from all the students

Ganges Association NSW plaque

A light will shine on them forever - may their sacrifice of life never be forgotten

Veterans listed on this memorial

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
Driver W G (Bill) Atkins World War 2 N260712 ARMY Nw Guinea view
Craftsman A E Baddeley World War 2 NX85525 ARMY view
Vincent Charles Bard World War 2 N/A Merchant Navy view
Signalman George Ronald Batcheldor World War 2 NX264391 ARMY view
Private Walter John Beazley World War 2 NX41650 ARMY Middle East Nw Guinea Owen Stanleys view
CPL Cecil Leonard Belcher World War 2 NX202803 ARMY view
Private Denis V Berwick World War 2 NX131875 ARMY Shaggy Ridge Nw Guinea view
Private Norman Thomas Bevan World War 2 NX78876 ARMY Fought in Nw Guinea 1942-46 view
PTE R H Brown World War 2 NX47483 ARMY Malaysian view
SGT William Alexander Brown World War 2 NX28755 AMRY view

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Shellharbour War Memorial Park
Cnr Lake Entrance Road and Benaud Crescent
Warilla NSW 2528
Local Government Area
Shellharbour, City of
Location status
Memorial type
Recorded by
Mount Ousley Public, Janelle Cundy, Sue Jackson, Cheryl Lappin, Tamara Hynde, Diane Quinlin
Year of construction
Dedication date
11 November 1995
Second World War, 1939–45