Maintaining our memorials

Maintaining our memorials

Restoring respect

Ahead of the Anzac centenary, work is underway across the City of Sydney to return numerous war memorials to their former condition and ensure they are conserved for future generations.

The following war memorials will be preserved with the help of conservation consultants enlisted by the City:

  • Glebe War Memorial, Foley Park
  • First World War Memorial to Pyrmont-Ultimo Servicemen, Pyrmont
  • Oddfellows Memorial, Hyde Park
  • German SMS Emden gun in Hyde Park, sunk by HMAS Sydney
  • WWI Soldiers Memorial, Woolloomooloo
  • World War I Memorial, Redfern Park
  • The Artillery Gun, Redfern Park
  • Newtown War Memorial, King Street
  • Paddington War Memorial, Oxford Street
  • The Cenotaph, Martin Place
  • Archibald Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park

The condition of each memorial will be assessed before surfaces are cleaned and any corroson is treated.

Stone plinths and plaques will be cleaned and memorials treated with 2 coats of protective wax to ensure their longevity.

One of Australia’s most unusual memorials

The most prominent local anti-conscription campaigner during World War I, alderman and architect William Martin, designed the Glebe War Memorial in Foley Park, one of numerous war memorials being restored and conserved across the local area.

A bronze nurse sculpture is the face of the mausoleum-style Egyptian temple in Glebe that overlooks the names of 174 local residents who perished from the 792 who enlisted in World War I.

Replacement busts of an Australian soldier and sailor have been hand carved from Italian Carrara marble as part of the City's restoration work to the monument, which was helped by local historian, Max Solling, who raised money in the late 1980s to restore the badly damaged memorial.

“With a 90-year-old monument there’s a lot of work to do, but they are restoring it to the way it was,” Mr Solling said.

“It’s fantastic – they are doing an outstanding restoration job,” he said.


Anzac centenary

Max Solling at the restored Glebe War Memorial

Pictured: Max Solling at the restored Glebe War Memorial

Last updated: Monday, 4 August 2014