Federation Council and the Corowa RSL Sub Branch have partnered together to restore the Corowa War Memorial Cenotaph, just in time for the centenary celebration and ceremony scheduled for Saturday, September 10.
Federation Council was successful in gaining a $10,000 grant from NSW Office for Veteran Affairs, under the NSW Community War Memorials Fund which has funded the restoration works at the memorial.
The War Memorial has now had a new mechanism manufactured for the specifics of the clocks, as well as the faces of the clock have been replaced, repainted, and restored. The clocks also now have upgraded dials.
Andrew Markerink from Master Clockmakers Sydney completed works on Saturday, June 25 to ensure the clock would be ready for the centenary celebrations in September 2022.
Federation Council Mayor, Cr Pat Bourke said he was pleased to see the works completed as a result of the grant funding.
“Having the opportunity to restore the clock through a NSW Government Grant is appreciated and it is fantastic to see this work was able to be completed just in time for the memorials 100th year anniversary in September,” he said.
“Council would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in this project and looks forward with anticipation for the September ceremony.”
Corowa RSL Sub Branch Secretary Anthony (Tony) Dunne OAM said the ceremony and celebration of the centenary will see the Monument Rededicated.
“This ceremony will provide us with the opportunity to open the memorial to all service men and women who have made sacrifices for our country and freedom,” he said.
Corowa RSL Sub Branch President, Martin Magill said with the restoration project now being complete it will be a continued reminder for the entire community of all the sacrifices made by service men and women, for the next hundred years.
“The Memorial was dedicated on September 12, 1922 for the First World War and again rededicated to include World War 2 serving men and women,” he said.
“This year at the Centenary, having the monument rededicated is a great opportunity for all continued serving men and women to also have their service commemorated.”
On September 10, the Corowa RSL Sub Branch is set to host a ceremony and service for the 100 year anniversary of the construction of the Corowa War Memorial. All community members are invited to take part and join in on the event that will start at 11am. Further event details will be promoted in the coming weeks through the Corowa RSL Sub Branch Facebook page.
Pictured: Corowa RSL Sub Branch Secretary Anthony (Tony) Dunne OAM Corowa RSL Sub Branch President Martin Magill pictured in front of the recently restored Corowa War Memorial Cenotaph.