Glen Oak School of Arts

World War 1 Memorials Project

Glen Oak School of Arts memorial gateposts, originally at Public School. Image courtesy of M Saunderson/

Glen Oak School of Arts memorial gateposts, originally at Public School. Image courtesy of M Saunderson/

Glen Oak is a small community of 300 people located near to Port Stephens in the Hunter region, 185km from Sydney.

In 1926, two memorial pillars were erected at the Glen Oaks Public School entrance largely through the efforts of the then schoolmaster Mr George Adamson. Every following ANZAC Day, until the school closed in 1944, an appropriate ceremony was conducted at the memorial pillars.

After the school was closed, the classroom building was moved to another school, where it was needed, and the two stone pillars stood unattended, unprotected from the elements, and largely forgotten. The bush soon reclaimed them. In 1970, while conducting an exercise in the area, RAAF personnel re-discovered the now derelict pair of WW I Memorial Pillars.

Co-operative action by the Council, the local RSL and residents rescued and then re-sited the Memorial to its present position at the front gate of the Glen Oak School of Arts.

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