Updated |New monument to record names of all Sutherland Shire residents who enlisted in WWl

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A new war memorial will record in a central area the names of all Sutherland Shire residents who enlisted in WWI.

The monument, containing about 500 names, will be located in Peace Park, Sutherland, near the existing 1921 memorial and 2005 memorial wall.

The expanded memorial area will have additional granite paving, new seating, enhanced lighting and screening from the car park.

It is hoped the project, commemorating the Centenary of Armistice, will be completed in time for this year's remembrance on November 11.

The monument will complement, not replace, existing war memorials.

Sutherland Shire Council has endorsed plans and agreed to share the cost.

The cost is estimated at $30,650, with the council to contribute $14,150 and the federal government to provide a $16,500 grant.

President of Woronora Valley RSL Sub-branch, Barry Grant, addressed this month's council meeting, seeking support for the initiative.

Mr Grant said shire RSL sub-branches and military historians applied for a federal Centenary of Armistice grant to build the new memorial.

Hughes MP Craig Kelly's office had been instrumental in facilitating the grant.

"There are several memorials in the shire to WWl participants," he said.

"Some had wrong names and some names over the years have been omitted.

"We were determined to have a comprehensive, correct list, and local electoral rolls and historians were consulted to ensure accuracy."

Mr Grant said shire historians Marilyn Handley and Sue Hewitt were enlisted to undertake the research, which led to the publication in 2015 of their book Service and Sacrifice, Sutherland Shire Memorials 1914-1918.

"A lot of work has been done to ensure the list is correct and we have come up with some 500 names for this memorial," he said.

Authors Marilyn Handley and Sue Hewitt spent five years researching names on 14 war memorials spread throughout the shire.

They also delved into a wide range of records from national archives to those kept by the council, schools, hospitals and community organisations.

They tracked down and interviewed descendants and Mrs Hewitt went to France for further research. The federal government gave a grant of $15,909.

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A new war memorial will record in one central area the names of all Sutherland Shire residents who enlisted in WWl.

The monument, containing about 500 names, will be located in Peace Park, Sutherland, near the existing 1921 memorial and 2005 memorial wall.

The expanded memorial area will have additional granite paving, new seating, enhanced lighting and screening from the car park.

It is hoped the project to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice project will be completed in time for this year's remembrance on November 11.

The monument will complement, not replace, existing war memorials throughout the shire.

Sutherland Shire Council is considered certain to endorse plans and funding at its meeting on Monday night.

The cost of the project has been estimated at $30,650, with the council to contribute $14,150 and the federal government, expected to provide a $16,500 grant.

A staff report said the council had previously given in-principle support for the idea after being approached by shire RSL Sub-branches.

"The shire has a number of memorials including the 1921 Sutherland stone obelisk memorial, relocated into Peace Park in 1992, built from sandstone sourced from Thomas Holt's former home Sutherland House," the report said.

"The intention of the new project is to record in one central place all the names of those who served from the shire.

"This new project has involved research by RSL Sub-branches to identify and include those names previously omitted from the various local memorials across the shire.

"The project involves a new memorial adjacent to the 2005 memorial wall which recognised the four service arms, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Merchant Navy.

"The design of the new memorial will complement the 2005 memorial wall and not impact on the 1921 memorial."