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The Rockingham War Memorial
|For World War I
World War II
|Established||August 13, 2005|
|Statistics source: monumentaustralia.org.au|
The monument was dedicated on 13 August 2005 by Mark McGowan, then Western Australian Minister for Tourism, Racing and Gaming, Barry Sammels, Mayor of the City of Rockingham, and Mark Stevens, President of the City of Rockingham RSL Sub-Branch. The dedication took place two days before the 60th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day.
The centre piece of the war memorial was originally located on the opposite side of Flinders Lane but relocated to its current location in 2007, when the area was redeveloped.
The memorials main feature are its thirteen classical styled columns, one for each major conflict Australia participated in. The 5.5 metre tall columns are arranged in a circle of a diameter of 30 metres. A fourteenth column socket has been left empty to commemorate Australian soldiers missing in action. The three branches of the Australian Defence Force, Army, Air Force and Navy, are represented by a QF 25-pounder field gun, a propeller and an anchor. The entrance to the memorial is guarded by two bronze soldiers, created by Perth sculptor Andrew Kay. Each weights 160 kilograms and is double the human size.
In 2015, a memorial was added to commemorate the centenary of World War One. It displays a Roll of Honour with sixteen names listed of those from the district who served during the war.
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