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For King and country

The Corso is the best-known thoroughfare on Sydney’s northern beaches and hosts largest and most significant war memorial on the peninsula. Like most streets in Manly, The Corso gave some of its young men to what was supposed to be the war to end all wars, but sadly it wasn’t. As was the case with…

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September 14, 2021

The Sydney Sphinx

That’s right! Sydney has its very own Egyptian Sphinx. It was carved by WWI veteran William Shirley, “The Sphinx” can be found near the entrance to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park at Bobbin Head Road and forms the centerpiece of a WWI war memorial. Private Shirley carved this piece while a patient at the nearby Convalescent…

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August 12, 2021

Soldiers on Strike

There is a small chip in the wall outside platform 1 that is what’s left of a little-known event that occurred at Central Station in 1916. On Valentine’s Day in 1916 Australia was fighting in WWI and many army volunteers were stationed at training camps across the country. At 9am at a camp near Liverpool,…

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August 11, 2021