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Sphinx Memorial - North Turramurra NSW Australia
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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jinkson
S 33° 41.324 E 151° 09.354
56H E 329071 N 6270828
Quick Description: Hewn from surrounding bush sandstone by 5756 Pte. W. T. Shirley as a memorial to fallen A.I.F. comrades from World War 1, the Sphinx is approximately 1/8th the size of the Great Sphinx, located on Egypt’s Giza Plateau.
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 11/13/2017 9:23:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMX1MN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
Views: 22

Long Description:
Pte. William Shirley was a patient of the Lady Davidson Convalescent Hospital for returned World War One Australian veterans. He sailed to war in January 1916 and served with the 13th Btn A.I.F. (the “Two Blues” – as a result of the Battalion’s two tone blue colour patch). Like many of his comrades at Lady Davidson he suffered from gas inflicted during the fierce battles on the Western Front - with the added complications of a tuberculosis infection.

Between 1926 - 1928, an ailing William Shirley laboured at creating his personal memorial to his fallen A.I.F comrades. The Sphinx took some one and a half years to complete. He died in 1929, leaving an unusual legacy in stone to be contemplated by the many bushwalkers who enjoy the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.


Front Inscription
To my glorious comrades
of the A.I.F by the late
W. SHIRLEY
No 5756 Pte. 13th Battalion
Died 27th August 1929

(Plaque)

This Memorial, Following Restoration,
Was Rededicated On The 9th November 1995,
In Recognition Of The Selflessness And Sacrifices
Of The Members Of The A.I.F.


LEST
WE
FORGET

1914 - 1918
Date the Monument or Memorial was built or dedicated: 1/1/1928

Private or Public Monument?: Private

Name of the Private Organization or Government Entity that built this Monument: Private W. T. Shirley

Geographic Region where the Monument is located: Australia/New Zealand

Website for this Monument: [Web Link]

Physical Address of Monument:
Sphinx Road
North Turramurra, NSW Australia
2074


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