The Onslow War Memorial
The Onslow War memorial was dedicated on the 15th September 2008, by Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs the Hon Alan Griffin MP
Media Release-Shire of Ashburton
The tiny NW coastal town of Onslow WA (population 750) is abuzz with excitement and anticipation as the dedication service for their recently completed War Memorial draws near.At 11am on Monday 15 September, invited guests, residents and seasonal visitors will gather together at Beadon Point for a simple ceremony to mark what has been an incredible achievement for this small community.
The memorial sculpture, the work of internationally acclaimed artisans Charlie and Joan Smith (HMAS Sydney Memorial Geraldton WA) is a stylized interpretation of the Australia Defence Forces’ Rising Sun cap badge. The sculpture is geographically positioned so that the rays of the rising sun shine directly through the arch each Anzac Day.In the words of one well travelled Vietnam veteran the Onslow memorial is the most evocative tribute he has seen; elegant and eloquent in its simplicity and spectacular location.
A truly Aussie salute worthy of the sacrifices that inspired the construction of the memorial.Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs the Hon Alan Griffin MP has signalled his intention to travel from Canberra to attend the ceremony and will join representatives from the Pilbara Regiment, RSL WA State Executive and West Australian politicians.The ceremony will also mark the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Onslow by enemy aircraft and as a finale to the event, pilots from 2 FTS RAAF Pearce will perform a fly past.
Reverend Steve Cloudsdale Chaplain to the Pilbara Regt., who conducted the dedication service, Major Lindsay Conway representing the Pilbara Regt. and Chief Petty Officer Jack Ripper representing the Royal Australian Navy,also present,representing the RSL, was Inspector John Ballantyne -
Hon.Alan Griffin MP, Federal Minister for Veterans Affairs planting a coastal sheoak,-
( Photo courtesy Shire of Ashburton )