Pioneer Park War Memorial

Pioneer Park War Memorial


all wars hand


Gawler is proud of its military history and is committed to honouring and remembering its defence force personnel in a respectful way. As a major regional centre, Gawler is host to the largest Anzac Service outside Adelaide, with more than 8000 people attending Anzac and Remembrance Day Services in Pioneer Park each year.

Pioneer Park is the major centre for commemoration activities however it does not have a war memorial that provides a place for reflection for all wars and conflicts. In particular the current site of the World War I memorial is located on the side of a busy road and does not provide an adequate place for reflection due to traffic and safety risks.

The Town of Gawler and Gawler RSL Sub-Branch are working in partnership to install a new War Memorial in Pioneer Park. Renowned South Australian artist Robert Hannaford AM has been commissioned to design and develop the new Memorial.

The proposed Memorial is a unique and modern piece of art that is all inclusive of navy, army and air force, gender, race and religion and could signify life, death, war and peacekeeping missions. Robert Hannaford AM’s vision for the sculpture is for it to be a moving and powerful symbol that is open to interpretation and will evoke many different emotions from visitors to the Memorial ranging from the tragedy of the loss of young lives during war time to hope and a helping hand during peaceful times.

Robert Hannaford AM has designed a unique and significant piece of art that will provide a place of reflection for all the men and women who served and died for their country in all wars, conflicts, peacekeeping operations, and to ensure their contribution, suffering, sacrifice and memory lives on.

The Memorial’s design includes a bronze sculpture of a resting hand, 4.4 metres in length and two metres in height. The hand will be placed on a rectangular concrete plinth (5.5m long by 2m deep) surrounded by circular paving connecting to the existing pathway in Pioneer Park. This paving at ground level provides for accessible, 360 degree viewing of the sculpture and the raised plinth provides for the RSL wreath laying and other commemorative plaques/tiles.

The Memorial will also acknowledge Gawler’s unique connection with the 86 Squadron and HMAS Gawler. The No. 86 Squadron is the only operational fighter squadron to be formed in South Australia and was officially formed at RAAF Station Gawler (Willaston) on 4 March 1943.


Click HERE to view a video of Robert Hannaford AM explaining the concept behind the artwork

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