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Restoring their names

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In May last year the brass plaques commemorating servicemen and women at the Five Dock War Memorial were stolen.

The City of Canada Bay is working closely with the Five Dock RSL to ensure that new plaques are installed before the ANZAC Service in April. Ahead of the final plaques being produced the community is encouraged to notify Local Studies (using the comments link below) of any additions or changes. The plaques honor those who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and in Korea. This project complements Local Studies’ efforts to create a list of all those from the Canada Bay area who served during the First World War.

The Five Dock RSL has generously provided funds to ensure that the Five Dock War Memorial and surrounds are fully restored as a tribute to local men and women who have served their country.

Remembering the Anzacs


In 1916, the Rev. John Boardman of St Alban’s at Five Dock wrote to parishioners, ‘This Easter has been different to any former ones, for we had scarcely finished the solemn services before we were commemorating Anzac Day, a day and a word that were unknown or unthought of last Easter and yet a name that will last as long as Australia continues’.

It is now approaching the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli and the City of Canada Bay will be marking the occasion through several events in 2015. Local Studies welcomes the loan of photographs of local men and women who served in the First World War to copy and add to the ‘Canada Bay Connections’ image library.

The photograph shows the opening of the Five Dock War Memorial Bandstand in Five Dock Park by Gallipoli veteran Major General Charles H. Brand CB CMG DSO on the 28 January 1923.