Nod to the past as Newcastle's transport network takes another leap forward

12 October 2017

A unique relic of Newcastle’s local history will take pride of place at the Newcastle Interchange when it opens next Monday.

The Wickham World War I honour roll, originally installed at Wickham Superior Public School in 1918, is a memorial to the school’s 326 staff and students who served in the war.

The ornate marble and granite structure was donated to Newcastle Museum when the school closed following the 1989 earthquake and remained on display until 2008 when the museum was relocated to Honeysuckle. The memorial has been in storage ever since.

“The memorial holds great significance for the local area, and we are so pleased to have found it a new home,” Revitalising Newcastle Program Director Michael Cassel said.

The 3.5 by 2.5 metre, 1.2 tonne memorial was delivered to site in 48 pieces and installed by a specialist team of stonemasons on the main concourse.

“We worked closely with Newcastle City Council to make the installation of the memorial possible, and are proud to play a part in preserving an important piece of Wickham’s history,” Mr Cassel said.

“It’s a wonderful nod to the past as we look to Newcastle’s future.”

The $110,000 installation of the memorial was funded by the Revitalising Newcastle program.

The Wickham World War I honour roll will be joined by two World War railway honour rolls relocated from the former Newcastle Station.

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