Clock Tower Memorial Heritage Panel

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Clock Tower, Anzac Square

Anglo Road, Campsie (near Beamish Street) Unveiled by Councillor Kayee Griffin, Mayor of Canterbury on 25 April 2001.

As a tribute to over 1700 men from the Canterbury district who served in the armed forces in World War I. Over 300 of these were killed in action or died of wounds. A memorial fountain was erected by the Independent Order of Rechabites in Anglo Road in 1915 to "honour the Fallen Heroes of the Canterbury District", and Anzac Square in Anglo Road was dedicated by Canterbury Council in 1916.

As in many districts throughout Australia, a captured German gun was obtained as a war trophy, and it was unveiled by the Governor of NSW in 1920. War memorials were erected in other suburbs in the Canterbury area. As a tribute to the men of Campsie who served during the war, this clock tower was erected in 1932 by the Campsie Women's Strong Post, a group which welcomed home returning servicemen. The Clock Tower was re-modelled in the 1950s to include the men of World War II, and it may have been at this time that the 1915 memorial and the gun were removed. In the late 1970s brass plaques were added to honour those who served in Malaya, Korea, Borneo, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Prepared by Canterbury City Library Research for this panel by Lesley Muir and Brian Madden.