Wollongong Cenotaph


Large classical sandstone arch with marble plaques, an honour roll for the First World War and several marble sculptures. Particularly notable are representations of a young girl and boy, together with cherubs and the figure of a woman holding high the eternal flame of remembrance. Varney Parkes, son of Sir Henry Parkes, began carving the figures in 1922. This memorial was originally located outside Wollongong Council Chambers. 


Top of arch - centre plaque

Erected to the memory of the soldiers of Wollongong who fought in the Great War 1914 - 1918

Top of arch - left plaque

Lord God of Hosts be with us yet,
Lest We Forget, Lest We Forget.

Top of arch - right plaque

When can their glory fade

Foundation stone

The Foundation Stone of this Memorial was laid by His Excellency Sir Walter Davidson KCMG Governor of New South Wales 7th August 1922

Dedication stone

This Memorial was unveiled by His Excellency Rt. Hon. HW Barron Forster of LEPE PC GCMG Governor General Commonwealth of Australia 3rd June 1923.

Top of pillar - plaque

On Fame's eternal camping-ground,
Their silent tents are spread,
And glory guards, with solemn round
the bivouac of the dead [American Poet Theodore O'Hara's 'Bivouac of the Dead']

Top of pillar - plaque

Blow, bugles of battle,
the marches of peace;
East, west, north, and south. [John Greenleaf Whittier American poet, reformer and author (1807 - 1892)]

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflicts Fate Service No. Service Campaign Link
R Adlington World War 1 view
A M Aitken World War 1 KIA view
S B Allen World War 1 view
A W Anderson World War 1 view
E Anderson World War 1 view
A Annett World War 1 view
W J Annett World War 1 view
W L Appleby World War 1 KIA view
F Askew World War 1 view
G R Austin World War 1 KIA view
MacCabe Park
Cnr Church and Stewart Streets
Wollongong NSW 2500
Local Government Area
  • Wollongong, City of
  • Garden/park
Location status
Memorial type
  • Arch
Recorded by
Mount Ousley Public School and Mr Rusty Priest, former RSL State President (NSW Branch)
Established date
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Dedication date: 
Dedication date
03 June 1923
  • First World War, 1914–18

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