First World War Soldiers Memorial (Wives and Mothers Memorial)

Related to City Art
Installed 1921
A small rectangular wall made of sandstone blocks. There is a torch attached to the top of the wall, and a large plaque below it commemorates the place of farewell for soldiers who left for the Great War. Two steps lead up to the plaque, and in the middle of it is a brass drinking fountain.
A soldier in camouflage walks on the footpath past a sandstone memorial. The street is lined with trees and runs along the shore. In the background is a large naval ship.
Close view of a brass drinking fountain. Behind the bubbler is a brass plaque featuring a sprig of rosemary for remembrance, and the words "NSW Centre for Soldiers Wives and Mothers"

An Anzac memorial erected by the NSW Centre for Soldiers’ Wives and Mothers commemorates the place of farewell – the gates that soldiers passed through boarding ships to war.

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Artwork description

A rectangular sandstone monument, 3m high, 4.5m wide and 1.5m deep with 2 granite steps at the front and 2 forward projecting sandstone walls. The inscriptions are engraved on a central thin granite slab, which features a water bubbler and brass plaque. Above the plaque is a torch made of brass and glass. It was installed in 1921.

The memorial was erected by ‘the women of New South Wales’ under the auspices of the Centre for Soldiers’ Wives and Mothers. It is located on the western side of Cowper Wharf Road (north), opposite the gates through which the soldiers passed on their way to the ships and to war.

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