Parramatta War Memorial

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Description

Trachyte stone obelisk, five metres high, set on a dais slightly elevated above gardens of rosemary. 

The memorial is on the eastern edge of the square, on Church Street.

Four steps lead up from the footpath to the dais and the obelisk with its inscriptions and bronze plaque.

According to the Parramatta Heritage Centre:

The selection of a memorial design was entrusted to a committee representing business, Council and the community interests. Expressions of interest were received from artists and companies from September 1919, including Fredrick W Tod, the Wunderlich Company and Percy Calve.

...[however] none of the designs met with the approval of the committee. A fresh call for designs was made and in September 1920 the Committee... [chose] the design submitted by well-known Sydney architect Mr Roscoe J Collins, a returned soldier from Manly.

The design was described as “a very striking one. The memorial when erected will have a height of 36 feet, with a circular base of 32 feet diameter. The column, which will be of polished granite, will have sections of some other colour inlaid. In which will be inscribed in gold letters the principal centres of engagements, such as Gallipoli, Egypt, Pozieres, etc.”

Statue of a Digger

City of Parramatta Council and Parramatta RSL Sub Branch unveiled a bronze ‘Digger’ statue at Prince Alfred Square in April 2019.

The life-sized World War I soldier, along with two small stone obelisks, was commissioned by Council and Parramatta RSL Sub Branch to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice in 2018.

The new Digger statue at Prince Alfred Square is a significant and powerful addition to Parramatta’s first and largest First World War Memorial, It is fitting to have a lasting tribute to members of the Parramatta community who courageously served our nation in World War I and subsequent wars.

This Monument has since been dedicated to those who had served in World War Two, Malaya, Korea, Borneo, and South Vietnam. It remains a gathering point for ANZAC day Memorials. It has and will perhaps always be a reminder of the effects of war, but at another level this memorial, through its history of how it came to be – the community involvement, fundraising through public subscriptions and events, the debate over the preferred site and design, whether names should be inscribed on the monument or not – also symbolises community spirit, participation, debate, and the evolution of a city. Perhaps one could also see this as a monument to a town coming of age.

— Councillor Andrew Wilson, City of Parramatta

Commemorations

Anzac Day ceremonies at Parramatta's Prince Alfred Park Square attract more than 2,000 attendees every year.

According to Doug Mackay, Vice President of the local RSL Sub-Branch, “Anzac Day is the most important day on the Sub-Branch calendar as it allows the community the opportunity to come along and honour the sacrifices made by those in service.”

In 2019, a free Anzac Day ‘touch table’ First World War interactive display exhibited 1,962 biographies and accounts of Parramatta service personnel, including photos, diaries and biographies.

Materials
  • Bronze
  • Concrete
  • Granite
  • Other stone
Inscription

Eastern side, top:

FRANCE

GALLIPOLI

NEW GUINEA

This Memorial was Unveiled
by His Excellency the Right Honourable

Lord Forster, P.C., G.C.M.G.,

Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the
Commonwealth of Australia
May 12th 1923.

[Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Emblem]

 

Eastern side, left plaque:

THIS MEMORIAL
IS ALSO DEDICATED
TO THOSE WHO
SERVED DURING

WORLD WAR II
1939-1945

 

Eastern side, centre panel:

ERECTED TO
PERPETUATE THE
SPIRIT OF THOSE
WHO SERVED
THEIR COUNTRY IN
THE CAUSE OF
FREEDOM
1914-1919

"PASS NOT ON
TILL THOU HAST BLESSED
THEIR MEMORY AND PAID
THOSE THANKS WHICH GOD
APPOINTED THE
REWARD OF
PUBLIC VIRTUE"

 

Eastern side, right plaque:

THIS MEMORIAL
IS ALSO DEDICATED
TO THOSE WHO
SERVED IN

MALAYA 1948 - 1960
KOREA 1950 - 1954
BORNEO 1962 - 1966
SOUTH VIETNAM 1962 - 1972

 

Eastern side, bottom:

THIS FOUNDATION STONE
WAS LAID BY ALD. L.A. SIMPSON. MAYOR.
NOVEMBER 25TH 1922.

 

Southern side, top:

BELGIUM

SALONICA

COCOS ISLANDS

Southern side, centre:

FALLEN

[list of names]

 

Western side, top:

EGYPT

ATLANTIC

MEDITERRANEAN

 

Western side, centre:

WITHIN ARE THE NAMES OF ALL THOSE FROM THIS TOWN WHO TOOK PART IN THE WAR.

[cylindrical casket with the names of those who enlisted locally inscribed on vellum, embedded in memorial]

[list of names]

 

Western side, bottom plaque:

[Australia Remembers 1945-1995 emblem]

IN HONOUR OF
THE MEN & WOMEN WHO SERVED
AUSTRALIA IN TIME OF CONFLICT
DURING WORLD WAR II

LEST WE FORGET

15.8.1995

JOHN HAINES OAM
LORD MAYOR
CITY OF PARRAMATTA

THE HON. PAUL ELLIOTT
FEDERAL MEMBER
FOR PARRAMATTA

 

Northern side, top:

NORTH SEA

PALESTINE

MESOPOTAMIA

 

Northern side, centre:

FALLEN

[list of names]

 

Bronze 'Digger' statue centre pedestal:

[The Australian Army emblem]

TO COMMEMORATE THE
CENTENARY OF ARMISTICE IN 2018

THIS BRONZE STATUE IS DEDICATED TO
THE MEN AND WOMEN OF PARRAMATTA
WHO SERVED OUR NATION IN
THE FIRST WORLD WAR

LEST WE FORGET

[Australian Defence Force Emblem]

 

Obelisk to left of statue, facing statue:

[Royal Australian Navy emblem]

 

Obelisk to right of statue, facing statue:

[Royal Australian Air Force emblem]

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflicts Fate Service No. Service Campaign Link
J N Attwood view
G H Bale view
A T Banks view
W Barry view
T Baxter view
A Beaven view
J Bentley view
S P Birmingham view
G S Blumer view
S J Booth view
Address
Prince Alfred Park
353D Church Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
Local Government Area
  • Parramatta Council, City of
Setting
  • Garden/park
Location/surrounding area
On the eastern side of Prince Alfred Square
Memorial type
  • Board/roll/plaque/tablet
  • Obelisk
  • Statue/sculpture/artwork
Recorded by
Andrew Phelps; Parramatta North Public School; Peter Levarre-Waters and Vaughan Williamson (photographs)
Established date
01/01/1922
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date: 
12/05/1923
Dedication date
05 December 1923
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45
  • Korean War, 1950–53
  • Malayan Emergency, 1950–60
  • Indonesian Confrontation, 1963–66
  • Vietnam War, 1962–75

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