On the 6th August 2015, the centenary of the Lone Pine Battle in Gallipoli (WW1), a Military Memorial at Woronora Memorial Park (WMP) was officially opened by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales.
The Woronora Military Memorial is unique as it is the first memorial to recognise families (through Legacy) as well as service personnel in Australia. It has both a soldier but also a child handing a note to his father “miss you dad”, which remembers the families of Australia’s Defence Force.
The Honourable Mark Speakman NSW Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Assistant Minister for Planning attended the ceremony and presented a Lone Pine and Wollemi Pine to the Vice Consul Cafer Asik, Acting Consul General Turkish Consulate as a symbol of peace and friendship.
Three Victoria Cross recipients at rest or memorialised by family at WMP, were uniquely honoured by granite plaques etched with their images. These include John Patrick Hamilton, William Matthew Currey, and Walter Ernest Brown. Students from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School created 2,277 crosses in memory of the number of Australia soldiers who were killed or wounded at Lone Pine. Generation of significant “community capital”, and long term alignment of parents and friends of the school to the cemetery.
The National Trust awarded a “highly commended” at the NSW National Trust award lunch held on Friday 6th May 2016.
View event video, brief and story on Walter Ernest Brown, one of three VC recipients resting at Woronora Memorial Park.
- Unique Memorials
- Stations of the Cross
- Missing Persons
- Virtual Memorialisation