Freemans Reach War Memorial was constructed on a triangularly-shaped public reserve opposite Freemans Reach School of Arts at the intersection Gorricks Lane and Blacktown Road Freemans Reach, New South Wales. The site for the monument had been approved by Colo Shire Council in June 1954, a committee having already been formed to raise funds for its construction.
The monument was unveiled on Sunday 11 December 1960 by former Governor of NSW, Sir John Northcott who inspected a guard of honour formed by a number of service personnel who had served in both world wars. The occasion was reported in the Windsor and Richmond Gazette of the 14 December.
The solemn Moment of Dedication was made by Rev. A. A. Mutton and the recessional hymn was sung accompanied by Parramatta Salvation Army Band. The funds for the erection of the memorial were raised by the community of Freemans Reach including Mr. W. Hibbert (secretary) and Mr A. E. Chatman (president). Colo Shire Council was represented by Councillor R. B. Turnbull (Shire President) and Councillor Lloyd Smith who was thanked for his assistance in securing the land for the memorial. The Mayor of Windsor Ald. V. W. Gillespie was also present. The monumental mason for the project Mr. George Cook was praised for his workmanship. A celebratory afternoon tea prepared by the ladies of the district was served in the adjacent School of Arts.
The memorial includes the names of those who served in World War I and II. It is interesting to note that several women are recorded on the monument including Sister Vida Greentree who served as a part of a contingent of nurses during World War I and who later became the postmistress at Freemans Reach. Miss N. A. Rutter and Miss N. A. Ryan who served in World War II. For further information on Vida Greentree see article by Michelle Nichols in the Hawkesbury Gazette, 10 April 2019, page 19.
For details of the 38 names recorded on the momument: http://www.hawkesbury.net.au/memorial/freemans_reach_roll_of_honour/index.html
Located at 194 Blacktown Road within the Public Reserve. For futher information on this heritage site: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=1740200
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