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Pioneer Park War Memorial

The Town of Gawler is working in partnership with the RSL Gawler Sub-Branch to install a new War Memorial in Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park War Memorial Progress Photos Taken 13 November 2017 618317

Gawler is proud of its military history and is committed to honouring and remembering its defence force in a respectful way.

Renowned South Australian artist Robert Hannaford AM has been commissioned to design and develop the new Memorial.

Robert Hannaford AM has designed a unique and significant piece of art. The design includes a bronze sculpture of a resting hand,  4.4 metres in length and 2 metres in height.  The sculpture will be placed on a rectangular concrete plinth surrounded by circular paving connecting to the existing pathway in Pioneer Park.  The plinth will include the inscription 'Lest We Forget' and the crests of the Navy, Army and Air Force. Click HERE to see the Concept Plan.

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.

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

The War Memorial will also include signage connecting to the South Australian RSL Virtual War Memorial, a commemorative collection purpose built by RSL South Australia to honour the personal experiences of all those who have served as a nation in times of conflict.

The Town of Gawler is aiming for the new War Memorial to be installed by Remembrance Day 2018 and is seeking the support of the community to raise vital funds for this significant history project for Gawler.  See  the Fundraising section below for further information on the different ways you can support this project.

Click HERE for the latest media release on the progress of the Pioneer War Memorial, including when works will commence on Pioneer Park.

If you would like further information on this project or the fundraising activities, please contact Tara Shillabeer, Special Projects Officer on 8522 9275 or


This Remembrance Day will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, also referred to as the Armistice Centenary. 2018 is also a significant milestone for the Gawler RSL as it celebrates 100 years of service to returned personnel.

The RSL Gawler Sub-Branch, in conjunction with Council, will be holding an Armistice and Gawler RSL Centenary Dinner on 13 October 2018 at Nixon’s Function Centre. The evening will include a 3 course meal, entertainment by the Handley Brothers and fundraising towards the installation of the Pioneer Park War Memorial.

The community is encouraged to participate in this historic event. Tickets are $35 for RSL Gawler members and $50 for non-members and can be purchased from the RSL Clubrooms or the Gawler Administration Centre.  Click HERE for the official invitation.

Council is also seeking donations of suitable auction items for this event.

If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Tara Shillabeer, Special Projects Officer or the RSL Gawler Sub-Branch.

By forming a partnership with the Town of Gawler your business has the opportunity to receive significant profile at fundraising events, project updates and the official unveiling of the Pioneer Park War Memorial. In return you will be helping to build a local community of which the residents of Gawler and surrounding areas can be proud.

The Pioneer Park War Memorial currently has four (4) levels of partnership available:

  • Platinum - $10,000 (+GST)
  • Gold - $5,000 (+GST)
  • Silver - $2,000 (+GST)
  • Bronze - $1,000 (+GST)

These partnerships are available for both cash and in-kind support. A detailed description of each partnership level  can be found in the Pioneer Park Sponsorship Proposal

Donations can be made in person at the Gawler Administration Centre, 43 High Street Gawler East, by cheque made out to the Town of Gawler with a note referencing the Pioneer Park War Memorial, or via electronic funds transfer:

Town of Gawler
National Australia Bank
BSB: 085 599
Account: 508 090 190
Reference: War Memorial

If you would like to receive an acknowledgement of your donation, please contact Tara Shillabeer, Special Projects Officer.


The Town of Gawler has been successful in receiving the Arts South Australia - Public Art and Design Major Commission Funding towards the installation of the War Memorial.

Click HERE for more information.

This project has received grant funding from the Australian Government.

The Town of Gawler would like to thank Taylor & Forgie Funeral Directors for their Platinum sponsorship of the Pioneer Park War Memorial.  Their support is in memory of James Graham Forgie.

The Town of Gawler would like to thank the Rotary Club of Gawler and the Rotary Club of Gawler Light for their Gold sponsorship of the Pioneer Park War Memorial

The Town of Gawler would like to thank the Lions Club of Gawler for their Bronze sponsorship of the Pioneer Park War Memorial

The Town of Gawler would like to thank the Royal Australian Air Force Association (RAAFA) SA Division for their Bronze sponsorship of the Pioneer Park War Memorial.

The Town of Gawler would like to thank the following organisations for their contribution towards the Armistice and Gawler RSL Centenary Dinner :

Willo's Men's Shed


Adelaide Hills Cider Company

Novotel Barossa

Eagle Foundry Bed and Breakfast

LR&M Constructions