Garden of Remembrance

Garden of Remembrance

Area: 2,374m²

The Garden of Remembrance commemorates the Australian men and women from the Willoughby district who died during the Boer War, World War I, World War II, and in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam.

The garden also provides a place to reflect at any time of year on the sacrifices made by service men and women.

The suggestion to create a Garden of Remembrance on the site was first made in 1936, and two buildings and some fruit trees were removed in the late 1930s. Lawns were laid and a grass mound - shaped like the tin hats worn by World War I soldiers - was constructed at the southern end of the garden in 1949. The gardens were laid out in 1950, and the first Anzac Day service was held in 1955. The Cross of Remembrance was erected on the grass mound and the gardens were dedicated on Anzac Day 1964.

Two underground air raid shelters were built in the gardens during the Second World War, and demolished after the war. In 1972 the Mayor of Dunkirk laid a wreath and planted some roses in the presence of 40 veterans of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation. In 1988 rose diseases and new buildings being constructed next door resulted in some redesigning of the garden, as has the development of Chatswood Railway Station.


Garden of Remembrance, 69 Albert Avenue, Chatswood 2067  View Map

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