I have passed by this memorial, just off the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square and across the road from the National Portrait Gallery, many times without even noticing it much less pausing to see that it is in memory of Edith Louisa Cavell, a British civilian nurse in World War I, who was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium. Continue reading “Edith Cavell – A ‘Glorious Specimen Of Womanhood’”
I really like this impressive granite war memorial, located between the beach and the small town centre (main street), which also serves as a useful timepiece with a clock on each face of the memorial. It doesn’t really matter that the time on each clock differs by a few minutes – you’re here for leisure purposes. From a memorial perspective the clock reminds us that times passes by for all of us. On top of the memorial is a white marble Angel of Peace (the Semaphore Angel) or is it Winged Victory, with wings outspread and symbolical palm in hand? Continue reading “Semaphore – War Memorial”
I have written separate reviews on Gundagai’s Boer War Memorial, located in front of the town’s ornate court house, and the WWI Memorial at Rusconi Place near the former railway station. Typically, and especially so in smaller country towns, World War I memorials have been expanded to also commemorate sacrifices in WWII and later wars and conflicts. Indeed this occurred in Gundagai but in 1958 a new memorial park, with a grouping of memorials to various wars and conflicts was built in what is now known as ANZAC Park, which also includes a football stadium and various other recreational facilities. This is now Gundagai’s main war memorial. Continue reading “ANZAC Park War Memorial”
‘Erected to the Glory of God and the honour of brave men by a grateful people.
Great War 1914 – 1918′ Continue reading “Gundagai War Memorial – Cenotaph”
While we are all very familiar with war memorials which remember, or act as a memorial to, people who took part in and/or died in wars one occasionally finds one to animals, most commonly horses. Continue reading “War Horse Memorial”
The Light Horse Memorial is dedicated to South Australian Light Horsemen who paid the supreme sacrifice in World War I, specifically in three theatres of war – Egypt, Palestine and Gallipoli. Continue reading “Light Horse Memorial”
The National War Memorial has a prime corner sight at the intersection of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue and was opened in 1931 to commemorate those South Australians who gave their lives in World War I between 1914 and 1918. Why it is called the “National” War Memorial is not clear as it only commemorates South Australians lost during the War – perhaps initial intentions differed. Continue reading “National War Memorial – Lest We Forget”
The arrival of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet into Sydney Harbour on 4 October 1913 was a great moment in Australian history. Australia now had direct control of the seas around the continent and no longer had to rely on the British Royal Navy. One ship in that fleet was the cruiser HMAS Sydney (I).
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. Continue reading “War Memorial and Town Hall”
This war memorial, in the grounds of the former Callan Park Hospital for the Insane (later the Rozelle Hospital and now the Sydney College of the Arts and part of the University of Sydney) stands out from all other Australian War Memorials that I have seen. Continue reading “Callan Park (Rozelle Hospital) War Memorial”