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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 digital 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.

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


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.

The Town of Gawler would like to thank Taylor & Forgie Funeral Directors for their Platinum 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 following organisations for their contribution towards the proposed Pioneer Park War Memorial Fundraising Dinner:

Willo's Men's Shed


Adelaide Hills Cider Company

Novotel Barossa

Eagle Foundry Bed and Breakfast

LR&M Constructions


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

A fundraising dinner is proposed for later in 2018 at Nixon's Function Centre, Gawler. The dinner will include live entertainment, silent auction and 3 course meal.

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.

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.