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Thirroul RSL Sub-Branch Memorial Wall and Garden

Thirroul RSL Sub-Branch Memorial Wall and Garden
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Thirroul RSL Sub-Branch Memorial Wall and Garden, full length of wall and paving
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Description / Background

This war memorial consists of a decorative brick wall and an adjacent garden bed. The wall bears several plaques, including honour rolls for locals who served in the Second World War, the Malayan Emergency, the Vietnam War and the Korean War. There are also numerous small plaques for individual veterans. The garden features a collection of small white crosses that have been 'planted' in the soil and small plaques for returned veterans who have died.

The wall and garden are located in Woodward Memorial Park in Thirroul, NSW, positioned to the north of the Thirroul War Memorial. In reference to this memorial, the wall is set on a base of orange tiles, at the centre of which is a white eight-pointed star surrounded by black tiles.

The wall was unveiled on 30 June 1996 by Mr Rusty Priest, former RSL NSW State President. It is not currently known when the garden was established. 

Woodward Memorial Park is next to Thirroul Railway Station, within the boundary of Sydney Trains-controlled land. It provides a path from the community carpark to the station entrance. 

Note: the names in the veterans table below come from the individual plaques on the wall only. 

Inscription

Wall

Lest we forget

Plaque

Thirroul RSL Sub Branch
Memorial Wall
Unveiled 30-6-96
by
Rusty Priest
NSW State President
President K Woodward, Secretary K Dobbs, Treasurer A Hargraves
Lest we forget

Plaque

Commemorating
60th year anniversary
of World War II, ending in 1945
To those who served and to those
who paid the supreme sacrifice
"We will remember them"

Plaque

In memory of the following local
servicemen who paid the supreme sacrifice
in World War II 1939–1945
Lest we forget
[Names]

Plaque

Thirroul RSL Sub Branch Honour Roll
Korea 1950–53 Malayan Emergency 1943–1962 Vietnam 1965–72
[Names]

Plaque

Anzacs of Greece

[Classical Greek quote]

Doing battle beside the Hellespont these men lost their shining youth. They brought honour to their homeland, so that the enemy groaned as it carried off the harvest of war, and for themselves they set up a deathless memorial of their courage.

Lemnos - Macedonia - Crete

Sign in garden

Austinmer Thirroul RSL Sub-Branch Memorial Garden

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
V Andrews Malaya view
R Anlezark World War 2 view
I Barclay Vietnam view
J Bond Vietnam view
A Bourke Korea view
R J Browning World War 2 view
E Buckless Korea view
V Burns Vietnam view
K Dobbs Korea view
J A Douglas World War 2 view

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Address
Woodward Memorial Park
Lot 107 Brickworks Avenue
Thirroul NSW 2515
Local Government Area
Wollongong, City of
Setting
Garden/park
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
Garden/park
Wall
Recorded by
Wollongong City Council. David Roden. Sydney Trains.
Year of construction
1996
Dedication date
30 June 1996
Conflict/s
Second World War, 1939–45
Korean War, 1950–53
Malayan Emergency, 1950–60
Vietnam War, 1962–75
Materials
Brick
Bronze
Concrete