Propeller - Rathmines, NSW, Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
S 33° 02.450 E 151° 35.950
56H E 369195 N 6343314
Quick Description: Adjacent to the Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club is a tall memorial, with a Catalina propeller mounted on top.
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 7/5/2018 8:14:37 PM
Waymark Code: WMYP4C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member SearchN
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Long Description:
Rathmines became a strong base early in World War Two for the Catalina Flying Boats (Seaplanes). The eye-catching memorial is at the end of a pebblecrete path, that proceeds past several brick walls, with dozens of plaques for the specific Squadrons that trained and flew out of here.

The brick-block looks somewhat like an 'upstanding' bomb, with four brick fins at the base of the square pillar that stands about 5 metres high. The three-bladed Catalina propeller is fixed to the top. About 2 metres up the pillar is a grey stone tablet, with the following gilded inscription:

Dedicated to Those Who Served
at the R.A.A.F. Rathmines
and to all associated
with Flying Boats and Seaplanes
1939 - 1960
Unveiled by
Air Vice Marshall W.E. Townsend G.B., C.B.E.
16th Sept. 1972.

More information on Rathmines, and the Catalinas that flew from here can be found at: Rathmines

Address: Stilling Street, Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park, Rathmines, NSW, 2283, Australia

Visited: 1715, Sunday, 1 April, 2018
[I stopped by here on the Easter weekend, as there was a geocaching Mega Event happening not too far away, and there was a Lab Cache (or two) that required information from near the memorial.]

For what use was your waymark originally intended?: Aircraft

What purpose does it serve today?: Artistic/Repurposed

Explain any choices not listed above.: War Service Memorial

More on this waymark can be found here.: [Web Link]

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