Artwork Description

A rectangular sandstone monument, 3 metres high, 4.5 metres wide and 1.5 metres deep with two granite steps at the front and two 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.

SUBJECT

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.

COMMISSION

The Centre for Soldiers’ Wives and Mothers commissioned the memorial in 1921. In 1934, the City of Sydney assumed control. During the construction of the Sydney Fleet Base at Woolloomooloo Bay in 1988 the memorial was relocated 30 metres east of its original position.

INSCRIPTIONS

An inscription at the top of the monument reads: To commemorate the place / of farewell to the soldiers / who passed through the gates / opposite for the Great War / 1914 – 1919

Around the central brass plaque, an inscription reads: NSW Centre for Soldiers Wives and Mothers

At the bottom, it reads: Erected by the Women of N.S.W. / under the auspices of the Centre / for Soldiers Wives and Mothers.

On a small plaque at the base, it reads: This memorial was resited / from a position 30 metres east / during the construction of the / Sydney Fleet Base in 1988.

REFERENCES

Louella McCarthy and Paul Ashton (eds.), Sydney Open Museum Historical Survey, Sydney City Council, 1994, item 21, pp.133-135, li

Inscription

To commemorate the place

of farewell to the soldiers

who passed through the gates

opposite for the Great War

1914 – 1919

NSW Centre for Soldiers Wives and Mothers

Erected by the Women of N.S.W.

under the auspices of the Centre

for Soldiers Wives and Mothers.

 

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