Helensburgh and District War Memorial

Helensburgh and District War Memorial, view in fullHelensburgh and District War Memorial, view with flagpoleHelensburgh and District War Memorial, centrepieceHelensburgh and District War Memorial, left panel of stone wallHelensburgh and District War Memorial, right panel of stone wallHelensburgh and District War Memorial, centrepiece, side viewHelensburgh and District War Memorial, centrepiece plaqueHelensburgh and District War Memorial, centrepiece plaque at baseHelensburgh and District War Memorial, centrepiece honour roll plaque
Description

This memorial space is demarcated by a 10m² paved area, upon which several memorial elements stand. On the western side is a 5m² platform, with a sandstone monument at its centre. The cube base of the monument is 1.5m tall, and the surmounted polygon centrepiece is 1m tall. Affixed to the front face of the monument are two bronze plaques.

On the northern side of the paved area is a stone wall divided into two panels, faced with black basalt. There are three sandstone-faced pillars supporting the wall, one at each end and one in the centre. The panels display multiple bronze plaques, inscribed with the names of individual veterans.

At the southwestern corner of the area is a flagpole, and the southern and eastern sides of the square are bounded by 1m tall sandstone bollards, placed at every metre.

The concept design of the memorial was chosen from a competition among local schoolchildren. The detailed design and construction plans were developed by local citizens, with materials and labour donated or provided by local tradespeople and businesses. Wollongong Council staff provided support throughout the planning, approval and construction phases.

The First World War honour roll was added to the back of the monument on 20 April 2020. Members of the Helensburgh and District Historical Society compiled all 117 names listed, as well as published the stories of each veteran in a book titled Our Boys Not Forgotten. The book also details the service records of over 400 men who served in the First World War and had an association with the wider Helensburgh area, including Clifton, Coalcliffe, Stanwell Park, Otford, Stanwell Tops, Helensburgh and Darkes Forest.

Materials
  • Bronze
  • Other stone
  • Sandstone
Inscription

Front of monument - top plaque

THIS MEMORIAL

has been erected by
the community of Helensburgh District and Friends
with the support of Wollongong City Council

The memorial is dedicated to all those who have served

Unveiled by
HIS EXCELLENCY
REAR ADMIRAL PETER SINCLAIR AC
Governor of New South Wales

7 November 1993

Front of monument - base plaque

They shall not grow old
as we that are left grow old:
age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
we will remember them

LEST WE FORGET

Back of monument - roll of honour plaque

WW1 ROLL OF HONOUR
HELENSBURGH DISTRICT
(Helensburgh, Otford, Stanwell Tops, Stanwell Park, Coalcliffe, Clifton & Darkes Forest)

KIA – Killed In Action, DOW – Died Of Wounds, DOD – Died Of Disease, MP – Died during Medical Procedure

GALLIPOLI
[Names]

BELGIUM
[Names]

OUT OF THEATRE
[Names]

FRANCE
[Names]

Veterans listed on this memorial

Address
Charles Harper Park
Cnr Parkes and Waratah Streets
Helensburgh NSW 2508
Local Government Area
  • Wollongong, City of
Setting
  • Garden/park
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Monument
  • Wall
Recorded by
Ian Carroll, Helensburgh RSL Sub-branch
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date: 
11/07/1993
Dedication date
07 November 1993
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45
  • All conflicts

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