Gouldburn War Memorial at 3am
Oil on linen
180 x 140cm
The Goulburn War Memorial is a rough stone monument built in the 1920s on the apex of
Rocky Hill in east Goulburn, NSW.
The Goulburn Evening Penny Post reported after the opening of Rocky Hill that: “… it was
now generally admitted that this was the finest memorial in Australia. The architect, Mr EC
Manfred, had designed a tower which, rough and rugged in its beauty, conformed to the
surrounding hill whereon it stood and which reminded them of the sturdy bravery of our
Perched high above the township of Goulburn, this symbol of war and remembrance can be
seen from miles around. It is particularly spectacular at night, when the light beam arcs like
a lighthouse, or an eerie searchlight on a battle field. It is a powerfully silent and immortal
tribute in light to the fallen soldiers of Gallipoli and the Great War.
I witnessed the lit Memorial firsthand recently, when I was out walking my dog late one
night in east Goulburn. It had an unexpected, almost visceral impact on me.
Perhaps because my sons are of an age that a hundred years ago would have seen them
sent off to war, the Memorial resonated with me across time: a flash of recognition – and of
remembrance – passed between us.