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Memorial Driveway Park, Cooma

Memorial Driveway Park, Cooma
Memorial Driveway Park, Cooma
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Description / Background

The Memorial Driveway Park in Cooma is located on the corner of the Monaro Highway and Yallakool Road. It was established and gazetted in 1964 and subsequently restored in 2022. Originally, each of the trees was dedicated to a specific person, with the installation of a small cement plinth and a stainless-steel plaque. When the park fell into disrepair, many plaques were relocated to a memorial in Vale Street, Cooma. One cement plinth survives in situ in the Park.

The Park was designed by Mr L.J. McInnes, the Snowy Mountains Authority Superintendent of Parks and Gardens. It was planned as a "terminal" on the Memorial Drive, Cooma, and cost 12,000 pounds. Planting began in July 1964, but the official dedication took place on Armistice Day, 11 November. The dedication was performed by Padre Johnson, the chaplain of The Royal Military College, Duntroon (The Canberra Times, 20 July 1964; 10 September 1964; 6 November 1964). 



Memorial Driveway Park

Established 1964 Restored 2022

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Cnr Monaro Highway and Yallakool Road
Cooma NSW 2630
Local Government Area
Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
Memorial avenue/Memorial tree/Memorial trees
Recorded by
Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Year of construction
Dedication date
11 November 1964
Second World War, 1939–45