Defence of Sydney Monument, Manly

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The Defence of Sydney Monument is a sandstone lookout over Sydney Harbour, with design elements representing the three armed services of World War II. It was dedicated on 18 November 1995 by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair AO.

A memorial service is hosted annually by the Federal Member for Warringah on the last Friday of May.

The monument was commissioned by the Warringah Australia Remembers Trust and adjoins a memorial walkway managed by the Royal Australian Artillery Historic Company in cooperation with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

Dr Peter Oppenheim was the architect of the monument, which was engineered by John Elliott, CUMEC Pty Ltd, and built by GerryDuits.

  • Sandstone

Foundation stone:

The Defence of Sydney Monument

Foundation stone
laid by

Sir Roden Cutler

27 May 1995

Australia Remembers 1945-1995


Plaques on second level:

His Excellency Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair AC, Governor of New South Wales
unveiled this monument on Saturday 18 November 1995

The Defence of Sydney
Monument 1939-1945

This lookout is dedicated to
the memory of
the men and women of the
armed services of Australia,
her allies, and those
who served in the
civilian services and
volunteer organisations,
who worked to protect
the port of Sydney
throughout the
Second World War

Royal Australian Navy:
Royal Australian Naval Reserve - Seagoing
Royal Australian Naval Reserve
Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve
Royal Australian Naval Nursing Service
Women's Royal Australian Naval Service
Naval Auxiliary Patrol

Australian Military Forces:
Armour, Royal Australian Artillery, Royal Australian
Engineers, Signals, Infantry, Intelligence,
Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Service Corps,
Medical, Ordnance, Provost, Nursing Service,
Australian Army Medical Women's Service,
Australian Women's Army Service,
Volunteer Defence Corps

Royal Australian Air Force:
Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service,
Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force,
Voluntary Air Observer Corps

Merchant Navy, Pilot Service, Maritime Services
Board, Public Works, Voluntary Aid
Detachments, Women's Australian National Service,
Women's Air League, Women's Emergency Signallers,
Police, Fire Services, Ambulance Services,
Air Raid Wardens, Hospital Staff

We Thank You

Memorial Walk, North Head
N Head Scenic Dr
Manly NSW 2095
Local Government Area
  • Northern Beaches Council
  • Public square
Location status
Original location
Recorded by
Christopher J Ballantine
Established date
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date: 
Dedication date
01 January 1970
  • Second World War, 1939–45

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