Jan 102016

The Gosford Memorial Park at the southern end of Mann St has long been a significant location in Gosford. The following extract was written for the Australia Day celebrations of Gosford on Friday, July 30th, 1915 and describes the southern end of Mann St along the waterfront, Gosford Park and Christ church and the significance that the Gosford Memorial Park has with the surrounding features from its vantage point.

The procession headed for Gosford and in its route passed along by the water’s side, which was only separated by the seawall with the beautiful waters of Brisbane Water lashing up against it. The place, the scene, and the occasion must have brought the latent beauties home to many residents. Long before it left this in the rear, the head began to mount the Gosford Park Hill, where a mossy green slope bordered it on the right wing, backed home by the historic Church of England and beautifully situated Rectory, supported in the rear by a prominent hill-side, studded with Australian gums. Juxtaposition to this, and running along the roadside, was the Gosford Park, in the shape of a triangular headland. Here again this was receiving the feline lap of Brisbane Water, which extended visibly to Woy Woy on the south, and under the hill dotted by the palatial buildings of the Boys’ Home, on the west. Looking north the main street took the form of a straight line, visible for about a mile and a half. As the eminence of the bill was mounted the bunting, flags, and festooning extending across the street the decorations on the public buildings and business places was seen to effect. As each section passed this spot, and the vantage point made possible the scenic revelations, the participants must have been impressed with the wealth of grandeur. Here also stood four of the noblest looking, if not the most historic Norfolk Island pines in Australia, Almost opposite and only about fifty yards away stock a marble monument erected to the memory of the Gosford heroes who fell in South Africa 1901-2. The monument on this occasion was suitably draped with the Union Jack. Mounted half way down and over all was a laurel wreath interspersed with wattle blooms. When the thoughtfulness of this “In Memoriam” action was observed, it must have struck a chord, in the hearts of those who even probably had never known previously the meaning of love and sacrifice. Was the monument not erected to keep fresh the memory of those who had died in a previous war, and were there not many brave and loved Australians dying in a foreign land at that very moment, in order that we might enjoy immunity at home? 1