Former Wolli Creek Tram Depot War Memorial, Sans Souci

Former Wolli Creek Tram Depot War Memorial in Pemberton Reserve, front viewFormer Wolli Creek Tram Depot War Memorial in Pemberton Reserve, back viewFormer Wolli Creek Tram Depot War Memorial, close-up of statue on pedestalArchival image. Original monument with soldier statue on top. Archival image. Painted soldier statue, c1970.
Description

The memorial is a marble statue of an Australian soldier, with reversed arms, positioned atop a pedestal. The front of the pedestal is faced in sandstone and features a decorative plaque with a laurel wreath surrounding an eternal flame. The words 'For the fallen' are inscribed in the stone below the plaque. The memorial is surrounded by concrete paving, which is bordered by a series of lights joined by chains, creating a fence. 

The figure was originally dedicated on 24 August 1919 at the Wolli Creek Tram Depot in Tempe, NSW. As pictured in image 4 above, the figure originally stood on an impressive domed monument within the depot's grounds. 

In 1970, the figure was given to the Kyeemagh RSL and subsequently placed adjacent to the Kyeemagh RSL Club. The figure was painted to cover damage inflicted by vandals, as shown in image 5 above. Following the 2018 closure of the Kyeemagh RSL Club, the Ramsgate RSL sub-Branch became the memorial's custodian.

In 2002, a grant from the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs funded a restoration project, which involved mounting the statue on the pedestal. The paint was also removed from the statue to reveal its original appearance. 

In 2020, the memorial was relocated to Pemberton Reserve in Sans Souci, NSW, adjacent to the Ramsgate RSL Club.

Materials
  • Marble
  • Sandstone
Inscription

Pedestal

Lest We Forget

For the fallen

Original

D.R.T.& T Chief Engineers Branch

This monument was erected by the staff as a tribute to the honour and memory of their comrades who fought and died in the Great War 1914–1919.

Unveiled and dedicated August 24, 1919 by Brig. Gen. C.I. Cox C.B., V.D., C.M.G., D.S.O.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Campaign Link
R P Greer World War 1 view
J Griffin World War 1 KIA view
N N Hardy World War 1 view
D A Heath World War 1 view
W Heath World War 1 view
P Hogan World War 1 KIA view
C S Hope World War 1 view
G T Hoskins World War 1 KIA view
R Irwin World War 1 view
J J Jackson World War 1 view

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Address
Pemberton Reserve
50 Park Road
Sans Souci NSW 2219
Australia
Local Government Area
  • Bayside Council
Setting
  • Building – outside
Location status
Moved/altered
Memorial type
  • Statue/sculpture/artwork
Recorded by
K.S. Clarke JP, President, Kyeemagh RSL sub-Branch. Updated by Kirsten Broderick, Bayside Council.
Year of construction
1919
Established Date format: 
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Established date
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Dedication date
24 August 1919
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18