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Defence of Sydney Monument

Defence of Sydney Monument
The Defence of Sydney Monument and surroundings
The Defence of Sydney Monument, main construction
The Defence of Sydney Monument, foundation stone
The Defence of Sydney Monument, second-level lookout
The Defence of Sydney Monument, second-level plaques
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Description / Background

The Defence of Sydney Monument is a sandstone lookout over Sydney Harbour, with design elements representing the three armed services of the Second World War. 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.


Foundation stone

The Defence of Sydney Monument

Foundation stone laid by Sir Roden Cutler VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE

27 May 1995

Australia Remembers 1945-1995

Plaque 1


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

Plaque 2

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.

Plaque 3

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

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Memorial Walk
North Head Scenic Drive
Manly NSW 2095
Local Government Area
Northern Beaches Council
Public square
Memorial type
Recorded by
Christopher J Ballantine
Year of construction
27 May 1995
Dedication date
18 November 1995
Second World War, 1939–45