The Gosford Memorial Park is located in the southern end of Mann Street in Gosford. It is a very significant site for Gosford with a long association with the area as a memorial. To the east of the park is the historic Anglican Christ Church, and to the south and west is Brisbane Water (harbour).
The south and west boundaries of the park are the original escarpment of the waterfront and mark the only existing natural element of the original foreshore. As such they are of environmental as well as historical significance as it is the only land-form which allows one to read the geography of the original site.
1881 – Gosford was first surveyed and boundaries of the Park were established.
29 April 1887 – Gosford Council appointed as the trustee of park, “dedicated for a public purpose”. 1
Gosford Memorial Park contains various items of significance:
- Boer War Memorial
- Sister Sumner Memorial
- Harry Newhouse and Gallipoli Veterans
- A Century of Service Plaque
- National Servicemen’s Memorial
- War Widows Memorial
- Lone Pine
- HMA Ships South East Asia dedication plaque
- British Commonwealth Occupation Force
- 25 Pounder Cannon. World War 2
- Gosford Memorial Park Rededication Plaque
- Water fountain and seat dedicated to H.C. Wheeler (since removed from park)
A description of the memorial park was well captured in a an article written for the Australia Day celebrations of Gosford on Friday, July 30th, 1915 and published in The Gosford Times. It describes the southern end of Mann St along the waterfront, Gosford Park and Christ church and the significance that memorial park has with the surrounding features from its vantage point such as the Boy’s Home at Kariong and views towards Woy Woy. For the article follow the link to Australia Day Australia Day celebrations of Gosford 1915.
- E-mail from Pam Williams to Martin Dawson, Senior Natural Resource Management Officer, Catchments and Lands Department of Primary Industries dated Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Subject: Internet Inquiry re Gosford Park ↩