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Australia Remembers

- Northern Beaches

- North Shore

In 1995 the Warringah Australia Remembers Trust was established under the Australia Remembers Program to help perpetuate the memory of the deeds of Australians who participated in the World War II - 50 years prior. Our local Community has a proud heritage of strongly supporting former and current serving members of our Defence Force.  This support has greatly assisted to complete significant projects in the community, including:

  • The Defence of Sydney Monument at North Head that honours those who served in the defence of Sydney during the World War II.

  • The memorial statue to Sir Roden Cutler at Manly Village Public School.

  • Involvement with the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park, at Manly Dam.

  • Support with the HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast at Bradley’s Head, Mosman.

  • Assistance to interview former World War II servicemen and video record their memoirs.


The former Trust changed to a Committee, and with Community volunteers, continued to work and complete a variety of other projects. In 2015, The Warringah ANZAC Centenary Community Grants Committee; along with local, State and other Federal funding, resulted in more projects being completed such as:

  • Construction of the ANZAC Memorial Pathway at the War Memorial Playing Fields at Forestville.

  • Conservation of First World War Honour Boards at Mosman library.

  • Installation of interpretation signage of the former First World War Hospital and Drill Hall at Mosman.

  • Restoration of the First World War 18-pound artillery gun and limber for the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company. The gun led the National ANZAC Day Parade in Canberra in 2015.

  • Refurbishment of Memorial Boards at our various Sporting and Community Clubs.


The Warringah Australia Remembers Committee continued its work and has:

  • Assisted with the ongoing development of Soldier’s Avenue at Freshwater.

  • Achieved Registration with the NSW Government as a War Memorial of the North Head Monument and nearby WW I servicemen’s graves.

  • Establish plaque in the community to honour ‘former local distinguished service personnel” including:

    • Second Lieutenant Cecil Healy

    • Squadron Leader John ‘Willy’ Williams, DFC         

    • Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Marks, DSO, 


The Committee also hosts the annual Defence of Sydney Commemorative Service, and assists with the fund raising for local projects.


In 2019 the Committee was expanded to include all of the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore; and to reflect this change it is now ‘Australia Remembers - Northern Beaches & North Shore’. Is objectives are to:

  • Preserve the ‘war-time” and military history in the local community of Northern Beaches and North Shore.

  • Campaign for funding to undertake projects that commemorate our history.

  • Assist with the interests and welfare of former and serving members of the Australian Defence Force.

  • Encourage and foster Community involvement in all our projects.

  • Continue to educate the Community, especially our youth.


The Committees patron is Mr. James Griffin, MP, NSW State Member for Manly and Parliamentary Secretary for Veterans.  The Australia Remembers Committee is made up of distinguished and well recognised Members of the Community including , James Griffin, John Platt, Sean Rout,

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