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Brookhampton War Memorial


Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup

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460 Brookhampton Rd Brookhampton

Location Details

Lot 399

Local Government



South West

Construction Date

Constructed from 1919

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
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Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
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Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Statewide War Memorial Survey Completed 01 May 1996

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 27 Nov 2013 Category 1

Category 1

Highest level of protection appropriate: recommend for entry in the State Register; Council will provide maximum encouragement to the owner to conserve the significance of the place.

Statement of Significance

Brookhampton War Memorial has social significance in honouring those residents of the Brookhampton area who gave their lives in the two World Wars of 1914-18 and 1939-45. Located in a prominent position adjacent to Brookhampton Hall, the memorial and its enclosing fence adds to the aesthetic value of the complex. It illustrates the enormous human sacrifice made by the small regional communities and commemorates the renowned fighting spirit of the Anzacs.

Physical Description

Brookhampton War Memorial is a grey granite obelisk mounted on a Donnybrook sandstone plinth and surrounded by a low fence of horizontal metal pipe between painted granite and concrete pylons. Brookhampton War Memorial was constructed as a tribute to the soldiers from the district who were killed in WWI and WWII.


In 1919, Brookhampton War Memorial was erected in the grounds of Brookhampton Hall to commemorate the men from the Thomson’s Brook district who had served in World War I (1914-18). Local residents voluntarily raised the funds for the memorial, which was made by Peter and Gillies, of Subiaco. The grey granite obelisk, ‘enclosed with a double iron railing, supported by four corner pillars of grey granite’, had the 33 names of those who enlisted, including nine who were killed, cut and gilded on one side of the obelisk (Bunbury Herald 20 Dec. 1919). On 17 December, W. G. Pickering, M.L.A., unveiled the so-called Soldiers’ Memorial, and after expressing his sympathy to those present who had been bereaved, he ‘congratulated the people of the district on erecting such a lasting tribute to their men’ (ibid). In 1920, local residents subscribed for a new fence around the Soldiers’ Memorial. In June 1921, a working bee was held to clear and plough up the ground around the Memorial in readiness for planting trees, shrubs and roses. On 6 August, Messrs. Gibbons and Sharp laid out the ground and small garden beds, young men dug over the ploughed ground, plantings were made, and the young ladies planted the surrounds of each bed with violets. The schoolmaster, Mr. Sharp, undertook to keep the ground in order, and local residents anticipated that ‘in time this little plot should prove to be one of our beauty spots’ (Bunbury Herald 16 August 1921). Following World War II, a stone was added to the plinth to record the names of those who served in that war. The local community highly values the Memorial and has well maintained it through into the early 2000s.






Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
RHP 00713 Heritage Council of Western Australia, Assessment Documentation RHP 00713
Bunbury Herald 20 Dec. 1919, 25 June & 24 Sept. 1920, 1 July & 16 August 1921

Other Reference Numbers

Ref Number Description
18 Municipal Inventory

Place Type

Historic site


Epoch General Specific
Original Use MONUMENT\CEMETERY Monument
Present Use MONUMENT\CEMETERY Monument

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other STONE Granite

Historic Themes

General Specific
OUTSIDE INFLUENCES World Wars & other wars

Creation Date

22 Jan 1997

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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