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Tamworth is home to a number of memorials and monuments that give insight to the war history of the region and the nation. Tamworth RSL Sub-branch on Bridge St can provide more details on war memorials and monuments in the area or visit their website.
Enter ANZAC Park from the Brisbane Street side and you’ll pass through the ANZAC Park Memorial Gates. They honour the memory of 194 young men from the area who gave their lives in WWI.
Just beyond the gates is the Sandakan Memorial, a scale model in bronze, showing the terrain of the Sandakan death marches in Borneo during WWII. Three plaques list the 150 northern NSW enlisted men who died in the marches, and a fourth plaque tells the story of the Sandakan tragedy.
Brisbane Street, East Tamworth
The Man-O-War Gates at Bicentennial Park’s Kable Avenue entrance originally stood over the Man O’ War steps at the naval jetty at Farm Cove, Sydney Harbour. For over 150 years, these steps served as a landing and embarkation point for Australian and British sailors in peacetime and war. Through these gates, Royal Australian Navy officers and sailors left to serve their country in overseas conflicts during WWII.
Also in Bicentennial Park is the Memorial to the Australian Light Horse. This bronze sculpture depicts an Australian light horse trooper farewelling his ‘Waler’ horse in the Middle East desert at the end of WWI.
Kable Avenue, Tamworth
Railway War Memorial Park
In Railway War Memorial Park(part of Tamworth Railway Station), you’ll find the Tamworth Boer War Memorial, honouring those who fought for the Empire in the South African War of 1899-1902; the Korea, Malaya and Borneo Memorial to those who served in the Korean War and the conflicts in Malaya and Borneo; the Vietnam Memorial to commemorate those who served in the Vietnam War; and the National Servicemen’s Memorial, which honours those who undertook national service in the Australian Defence Forces from 1951-1972.
Marius Street, between Brisbane & Bourke Streets, Tamworth
Gipps Street Memorial Avenue of Honour
The Gipps Street Memorial Avenue of Honour was erected by Tamworth RSL Sub-branch in memory of the men and women who suffered and died for their country.
Gipps Street, Tamworth
Bridge Street Memorial
The Bridge Street Memorial is dedicated to all who served Australia in war, and was the site of ANZAC Day services for many years.
Bridge Street, Tamworth
Royal Australian Air Force Memorial
Nearby, the industrial area of Taminda was originally home to the aerodrome and Sixth Elementary Flying School, where trainee pilots learned how to fly Tiger Moths during the WWII years. It is now home to the Royal Australian Air Force Memorial.
The 2/30th Infantry Battalion – 8 Division AIF Memorial on Showground Rd was built on the location of the army camp that housed over 100 men during World War I.
Barnes Street, Taminda
Grave of the Unknown Soldier
Tamworth Regional Council Cemetery has the Grave o