The war memorial was constructed to commemorate the sacrifice of the men who had died at war by the erection of a permanent memorial. Apart of the lives lost in battle, the WWII was closer to home. There were even a number of war efforts within Cannington.
Here is a snippet of what it was like for the Special Wireless Group from the Australian Women’s Army Service located on Coker Park, Cannington.
“We used to march from Coker Park down to the Kent St Weir, it wasn’t any ordinary march, it was a forced march with full gear and gas masks, tin hats just for training. Our officer used to quite often blow a whistle quite early in the morning, a mock air raid and you had to dive out in you night attire or whatever you happened to have on and dive into the slit trenches which were usually full of water anyway. Then he would blow the all clear and could come out again…”
Jean Allen, OH 21 Canning Collection (
Buchanan and Dalais, 2014).
Audio spoken by Katherine Healy.
- 230 men enlisted in active service in the Great War
- 43 men killed on the battlefield or died of wounds or disease
- War memorial built in 1921
- First located outside Canning Town Hall
- War memorial was moved to the corner of Manning Rd and Albany Highway in the 1950s
- Address - Corner Manning Road and Albany Highway, Cannington
Images courtesy of Local History Collection, Fred Carden and Etienne Brits
Centenary War Memorial
The Centenary War Memorial created by artist Susanna Castleden was commissioned to mark the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli Cove in Turkey. The black Memorial Path that runs across the front is based on a 1915 map of Anzac Cove, marking the Australian and New Zealand front-line trenches. The memorial stands as a place where people can visit at any time of the year to reflect on conflicts past and present.
Did you know that the water feature that flows over the memorial stops for one minute 16 times per day? The design remembers those Canning residents who lost their lives at Gallipoli. Sitting above the wetlands, the stage links to The Grove, making the entire space connected naturally, architecturally and emotively. This is an area for silent reflection with etched wording marking each conflict Australia has been involved in.
- George Street, Cannington
Images courtesy of Daniel Carson and Etienne Brits.