Given my liking for anything to do with trains and railways, I have a particular liking for Young’s former Railway Station, but for many visitors the Town Hall on Boorowa Street is Young’s most striking building. Were it not for the fact that it incorporates the towns rather tasteful and distinctive World War I Memorial it might be less so.
While most towns opted for stand alone war memorials, and in particular cenotaphs at key intersections, Young decided to honour its dead soldiers and those who served by remodelling the existing Town Hall to incorporate a memorial vestibule, tower and clock. And what a great decision this was.
The memorial’s construction commenced, in conjunction with an extension of the Town Hall itself, in 1922 and was dedicated in 1924.
The brick and cement tower is 90ft (30m approx.) high and includes a bronze figure of a “digger” above the main entrance to the Town Hall building. A digger is an affectionate Australian term for former soldiers and in particular those from World War I. The life size digger is modelled on Corporal Everard Christopher Powderly a Military Medal recipient for bravery. The figure, holding a rifle resting on a Howitzer shell, was commissioned and financed by the local Caldwell family in memory of Anthony Caldwell who died in an aircraft accident in England whilst undergoing training in the Flying Corp.
Around 700 men and women volunteered for service between 1914 and 1918. Sixty-four made the supreme sacrifice.
There are several polished granite tablets on the outside of the main doorway and inside the entrance foyer on which inscriptions and veterans’ names are engraved. Four smaller plaques list separately those who died in both World Wars I and II, with bigger plaques listing all those who served. There is a separate World War II memorial in Young.
Address: Boorowa Street
Directions: Town Hall (Council Chambers)
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