Appin war memorial to honour town’s serving history

Appin war memorial to honour town’s serving history


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Appin Historical Society members Kate Banister, Nola Douglas, Sue Gay, Shirley Morrison and Jan Richards are excited to create a war memorial in Appin before Anzac Day next year. Picture: Simon Bennett

Appin Historical Society members Kate Banister, Nola Douglas, Sue Gay, Shirley Morrison and Jan Richards are excited to create a war memorial in Appin before Anzac Day next year. Picture: Simon Bennett

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The Appin Historical Society are excited to create a war memorial in the town before Anzac Day next year.

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Appin residents have had to travel to Picton, Campbelltown or Wollongong to pay their respects to Australia’s past and present servicemen and women.

The Appin Historical Society want that to change.

The society wants to build the town its own war memorial so they can pay their respects on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Society member and one of the war memorial organisers Kate Banister said she wanted the project to bring the community together.

“The Appin community is growing and a lot of young families are moving into the area,” she said.

“We want the war memorial to be a place that brings people together.

“We want locals to get involved with the project by volunteering or tradies can help out too.”

Ms Banister said the war memorial would be next to Appin Park and the outdoor gym equipment.

Members have been looking at other war memorials to get inspiration for Appin’s design.

“We want to put a cenotaph in the middle,” she said.

“We would also like to create a footpath by getting Appin Public School children involved. They will likely create mosaics related to war.

“Rosemary trees will be planted as well as a steel cut-out sculpture that will be lit from behind.”

The memorial will also include seats where locals can come to reflect, a garden, paved areas and flag poles.

Ms Banister the society would like to use sandstone blocks for seating and to build part of the memorial.

She said the memorial would most likely not include an honour roll because it was difficult to find all the names of locals who served throughout the war.

Ms Banister said the society hoped to establish a dawn service and a family fun day in the park.

She said the town had a rich history of serving.

“Appin residents have been in every war and conflict from the Boer War up until today,” Ms Banister said. 

“We have locals currently fighting overseas.

“Appin also provided horses for the Australian Light Horse in World War I.”

She would like to thank Wollondilly Council for their support.

The councillors passed a notice of motion at the last council meeting that supported the establishment of a war memorial in the town and council staff would work with the society to help them build the project.

The society will apply for state and federal grants to secure the funding for the project.

For more information or to volunteer to help with the project email: appin.historical@outlook.com.au or find the society by searching Appin Historical Society Inc Australia on Facebook.

The story Appin war memorial to honour town’s serving history first appeared on Wollondilly Advertiser.

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