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Baradine War Memorial and Memorial Pool

Baradine War Memorial and Memorial Pool
Baradine War Memorial and Memorial Pool, exterior
Baradine War Memorial and Memorial Pool, memorial from left-hand side
Baradine War Memorial and Memorial Pool, memorial from right-hand side
Baradine War Memorial and Memorial Pool, close-up of plaque and honour roll
Baradine War Memorial and Memorial Pool, close-up of Lest We Forget wreath
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Description / Background

The Baradine Memorial Pool was developed as a memorial to the men and women of the district who died in the First and Second World Wars. It was dedicated on 10 November 1961.

In the front forecourt of the pool's entry pavilion is a sandstone block wall. Attached to the front of the wall is a dedication plaque and an honour roll for the wars. Two flagpoles are also nearby. 

After the Second World War, a Baradine Progress Association Baths Committee was formed to investigate the construction of public baths for the town (Coonabarabran Times, 24 January 1952). By early February discussions took place about a possible site and several donations were promised, with further fundraising suggestions made including dances, other social events and an art union (Coonabarabran Times, 7 February 1952).

That month a 'B for Baths' project was launched. Reference was made to the number of children unable to swim at a Far West Camp and the loss of Australian soldiers at the evacuation of Crete because they could not swim. The Coonabarabran Times, 14 February 1952, advertised a public meeting in Coonabarabran on 19 February giving residents of both Baradine and Binnaway the opportunity to hear from the Coonabarbran RSSAILA sub-Branch about their successful campaign for the construction of baths. 

A week later a deputation from the Baradine Progress Association addressed Coonabarabran Shire Council, requesting assistance in securing a government subsidy of one third of the construction cost of $20,000 for the baths, and the promise of technical advice (Coonabarabran Times, 21 February 1952). 

Eventually the Progress Association considered the best action was to construct the baths by voluntary labour, and all construction costs were fully covered by the local community.


Exterior signage - pool

Baradine Memorial Pool

Wall - front, plaque 1

1914–1918 1939–1945
Lest we forget
Erected in memory of the men 
and women of Baradine district 
who paid the ultimate sacrifice

Wall - front, plaque 2

Australia Remembers 

In honour of servicemen from Baradine 
who paid the supreme sacrifice

1914 – 1918

1939 – 1945

Lest we forget

Wall - back

[Laurel wreath]
Lest we forget

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
Pte Jack Carlow World War 1 5320 AIF Gallipoli view
Private Cornwell Cook World War 2 NX13638 Australian Army view
F/O Peter Curtis World War 2 422444 RAAF view
Private Kenneth Davis World War 2 NX71629 AIF Wewak view
Gunner George Dunnage World War 2 NX56453 AIF Milne Bay view
Cpl A Edwards World War 2 NX71626 AIF Soputa view
Cpl A Enwright World War 2 NX33099 AIF Malaya view
Pvt A Fleming World War 2 NX19386 AIF Sandakan view
Lance Corp C Foster World War 1 4682 AIF view
Leading Aircraftman J D Gardiner World War 2 432548 RAAF view

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Baradine Memorial Pool
27 Narren Street
Baradine NSW 2396
Local Government Area
Warrumbungle Shire
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
Swimming pool/swimming centre
Recorded by
NSW State Heritage Office. Elizabeth Cutts. Martin Butterfield. Graham Wilson.
Year of construction
First World War, 1914–18
Second World War, 1939–45