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Walcha War Memorial

Walcha War Memorial
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Walcha War Memorial monument, exterior
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Walcha War Memorial, interior floor of monument
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Walcha War Memorial, dedication plaque
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Walcha War Memorial, unveiling plaque
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Walcha War Memorial, Korean War plaque
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Walcha War Memorial, Vietnam War plaque
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Walcha War Memorial, Gulf War plaque
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Walcha War Memorial, Afghanistan plaque
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Walcha War Memorial, Iraq War plaque
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Walcha War Memorial, East Timor plaque
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Description / Background

The memorial is a large stone sculpture consisting of six sandstone columns in a hexagonal formation. They are joined at the top by sandstone 'beams', creating an open-topped structure. On the side of the pathway leading to the memorial are two bronze plaques detailing the dedication and unveiling of the memorial. Set into the floor inside the monument is a circular mosaic made of tiles and stone. The tiles around the edge of the circle bear an inscription. On the sides of the columns facing towards the circle are several bronze plaques dedicated to various areas of conflict where Australians have served.

Walcha RSL Sub-Branch began fundraising for the memorial in 2012. The project was assisted by the Walcha community, Walcha Shire Council and a $50,000 grant presented by Mr Peter Anderson MP from the NSW Government Infrastructure Program in May 2018. 

The memorial was designed by Walcha sculptors James Rogers and Stephen King, with sculptor Michael Purdy. Walcha Shire Council assisted with the monument's construction. It was dedicated by Mr Kevin Anderson MP on 25 April 2019.

The memorial is located in Walcha Anzac Memorial Park, where Anzac Day and other commemorative services are held.

Inscription

Mosaic 

Commemorating Walcha District personnel who have served in regions of armed conflict in the defence of freedom

Dedication plaque

This memorial monument was erected
by the Walcha sub-branch of the Returned
Services League acknowledging
the generosity of the citizens of Walcha,
Walcha Council and the NSW Government.
It was designed by Walcha
sculptors James Rogers and Stephen King
with sculptor Michael Purdy and the
Walcha Council assisting with
construction.
Commemorating all Walcha District
personnel who have served in regions of
armed conflict in the defence of freedom.
Lest We Forget

Unveiling plaque

Unveiled and dedicated
by
Mr Kevin Anderson MP
25th April 2019

Column plaque 1

IN MEMORY OF
KOREA
1950 - 1956

Column plaque 2

VIETNAM WAR
1965 - 1973
LEST WE FORGET

Column plaque 3

GULF WAR
1990 - 1991
LEST WE FORGET

Column plaque 4

AFGHANISTAN
2001-
LEST WE FORGET

Column plaque 5

IRAQ WAR
2003 - 2009
LEST WE FORGET

Column plaque 6

EAST TIMOR
2006 - 2013
LEST WE FORGET

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Address
Walcha Anzac Memorial Park
Cnr Derby and Hill Street
Walcha NSW 2354
Local Government Area
Walcha Shire
Setting
Garden/park
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
Monument
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Year of construction
2019
Dedication date
25 April 2019
Conflict/s
Korean War, 1950–53
Vietnam War, 1962–75
Iraq: the First Gulf War, 1990–91
Afghanistan, 2001–present
Iraq: the Second Gulf War, 2003–09
Peacekeeping, 1947–present
Materials
Bronze
Sandstone