Second World War Servicewomen Memorial

Related to City Art
Installed 1990
A waist-high sandstone wall with a section in the middle that extends perpendicular to the rest. On either side are bronze bas-relief sculptures and inscriptions. On the perpendicular section is a plaque, and beside it is a life-size bronze statue of a woman in 1940s dress holding a hat.
The head and shoulders of a bronze statue of a woman. She is looking slightly upward and has a faint smile on her face. Her hair and dress are in a 1940s style.
A bronze and sandstone memorial statue featuring a woman standing beside a wall, in a park near some benches, decorative plants and palm trees. In the background is a modern building.

A memorial to the women of New South Wales who served in World War 2.

Artist: Dennis Adams

Artwork description

The memorial features a bronze statue of a uniformed servicewoman standing on a sandstone plinth in front of a sandstone wall. To her right is a bronze bas-relief illustrating the fields in which women served in World War 2. It is located in the Jessie Street Park in Loftus Street at Circular Quay.

The memorial is dedicated to the wartime servicewomen of NSW. The various plaques and bas-reliefs on the sandstone wall represent the women who served in the Australian Army Medical Corps, Australian Army Nursing Service, Australian Women’s Army Service, Voluntary Aid Detachments and Australian Army Medical Women’s Service, Royal Australian Air Force Medical Service, Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service, Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Naval Nursing Service and Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service.

It is fittingly located in Jessie Street Park, which was to be dedicated to the ‘great women of Australia’.


Dennis Adams was born in Sydney in 1914 and studied at the Royal Art Society, Sydney and Royal Academy Schools, London. He joined the 18th Battalion and was later seconded to the Department of Home Security for camouflage work on RAAF stations. In 1942 he was appointed war artist before being made Captain in Military History Section AIF in 1943. He went on to serve in New Guinea, Middle East, Italy, Egypt, UK, France, Belgium, Newfoundland, Canada, the Bahamas, US, and Japan.

After 1945 he continued to work as an artist mainly in the area of war and has undertaken numerous other works including the Royal Australian Regiment Memorial in Regimental Square and paintings and sculpture at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. In 1989, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

Get arts and culture updates from City of Sydney News.