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A nice memorial of the Royal Australian Regiment during the time of wars, from ww1 to the currently times. Nothing much there except a memorial only with the places the RAR fought. more »
On the Regimental Square, that was part of the Army Barracks in the 19th century; there is a Memorial of the Royal Australian Regiment. On an 8.3m long and 1,5m high slightly curved wall, that was... more »
From COS website: The memorial consists of a gently curved wall of Sydney sandstone onto which a series of bronze bas-relief sculptures are attached to represent the soldiers of the original three battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment. An infantryman standing in front represents the nine battalions that served in South East Asia. The sandstone wall measures 8.23 metres in length and 1.50 metres in height. In front of the wall is a small pond with decorative aquatic plants. The memorial was erected to commemorate the foundation of Australia’s first regular operational infantry regiment and is located in small, pedestrianised square, known as Regimental Square, between George Street and Wynyard Lane. SUBJECT This war memorial is one of only a few commemorating the South-East Asian wars. It remembers soldiers who fought in Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Malaya and Borneo. ARTIST Dennis Adams was born in Sydney in 1914 and studied at the Royal Art Society in Sydney and Royal Academy School in 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 and in 1943 made Captain in the Military History Section of the Australian Imperial Force. He went on to serve in New Guinea, Middle East, Italy, Egypt, UK, France, Belgium, Newfoundland, Canada, the Bahamas, USA and Japan. Adams received the Order of Australia Medal in 1989. The Royal Australian Regiment Association chose Adams for this work following a recommendation by Sir William Dargie. Adams had already undertaken several other sculptures including some for the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. COMMISSION The square and memorial were associated with implementation of the City of Sydney Strategic Plan in 1971, which provided for local precinct action plans. Part of these plans included the closure of minor roadways and lanes and the creation of pedestrian plazas. At first the name Kapyong Square was chosen for the pedestrianised square, commemorating the battle of the Korean War. This was recommended to the Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. The Regiment later requested that the name be changed to Regimental Square to honour the memorial and to recognise the fact that the site was part of the Army Barracks in the early 19th century. Service members and other organisations and individuals paid for the work on the memorial wall, which was unveiled at noon on 8 December 1976 by Sir Roden Cutler, the Governor of New South Wales. Alderman Leo Port, the Mayor of Sydney, officially opened Regimental Square at the same function. The memorial was handed over by the Royal Australian Regiment Association to the City of Sydney on the same day. INSCRIPTIONS On a plaque facing east, an inscription reads: “The Royal Australian Regiment / Memorial / This memorial commemorates the foundation of Australia’s / first regular operational infantry regiment. In the past / Australia has had permanent military units with special / functions, such as coastal artillery batteries and earlier, / other units seconded from the British army. / The first three battalions of the Royal Australian / Regiment were formed in 1945 from volunteers from the / Second A.I.F & served in various theatres of war to /safeguard our nation. / The Royal Australian Regiment Memorial honours all ranks / who have served or who will serve in it and above all /those who have made the supreme sacrifice”. On a plaque set into the northern wall facing south, an inscription reads: “Bank of New Zealand / Donated part of the cost of providing / this public area to commemorate its / first hundred years in / the City of Sydney 1875-1975 / Erected by the Sydney City Council / 8th December 1976 / L.P. Carter; Ald. Leo Port, M.B.E. / Town Clerk; Lord Mayor.” An inscription on the sandstone wall reads: “Royal Australian Regiment / Memorial / Korea / 1950-53; Malaysia / 1964-65 / Vietnam / 1965-72 / Malaya / 1955-63; Borneo / 1963-66 / Dennis Adams”.
Another important memorial (you'll see several around Sydney) that reminds us of those who sacrificed their lives for peace.
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