Pioneer Park War Memorial ready for Remembrance Day service

Mayor Karen Redman congratulates artist Robert Hannaford on a job well done with the installation of the War Memorial sculpture at Gawler's Pioneer Park.
Mayor Karen Redman congratulates artist Robert Hannaford on a job well done with the installation of the War Memorial sculpture at Gawler's Pioneer Park.

The Pioneer Park War Memorial has been installed in time for Remembrance Day commemorations this Sunday.

The new memorial, a bronze sculptural interpretation of a human hand, was designed by Robert Hannaford. 

The memorial’s bronze colour will develop and change over time, with the environment playing a key factor in its final colouring.

“Council is proud to have been able to partner with the RSL Gawler Sub-Branch to deliver this significant, community driven project for Gawler,” Town of Gawler mayor Karen Redman said.

Renowned South Australian artist Robert Hannaford AM produced the moving and important sculpture that will be the centrepiece of all commemorative activities for the town and region.

“As a reflective space, many people will visit Gawler and the memorial to understand this community’s service and sacrifice to our country,” she said.

The Town of Gawler and the RSL decided to engage a different approach to a War Memorial explains RSL Gawler sub-branch president Paul Little.

“The sculpture will be a place where a person of any religion, age, race and gender can identify with and reflect on family or lost friends,” he said.

“The hand can be given in friendship and also it can be used to comfort and to love. The hand can also console, the hand also has been used to condemn and to hurt but this memorial will show that the hand can rest and be at peace.”

The new and all-inclusive war memorial will be officially dedicated on Sunday as part of a special Remembrance Day Service to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War – referred to as the Armistice Centenary.

“This year’s Remembrance Day Service will commence at 10am and we’re looking forward to members of the community joining us and showing their support for this important day,” Ms Redman said.