Australian Merchant Navy Memorial

The Australian Merchant Navy Memorial is a memorial honouring the Australian Merchant Navy's involvement in World War I and World War II. It is located in Kings Park, on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, the national capital city of Australia.[1] Its location at the shore of the lake represent's the Merchant Navy's relationship with water.[2] It was unveiled on 7 October 1990 by Bill Hayden AC, Governor-General of Australia.[3] A memorial service is held on the first Sunday on or after 21 October each year.

AS Merchant Navy badge
Australian Merchant Navy badge


Australian Merchant Navy Memorial frontal view Nov 2012
The Australian Merchant Navy Memorial in November 2012

The memorial was designed by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn architects and symbolises the Merchant Navy and the sea. It consists of seven columns, a dias, concrete drums, and a flagpole.[1]

The inscription on the memorial reads:[3]

"In honour of those of the Australian Merchant Navy who gave their lives for their country and have no known grave but the sea. They will be remembered for ever more. 1914-1918 1939-1945."


  1. ^ a b "Kings Park Memorials" (PDF). National Capital Authority. p. 1. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Lake Burley Griffin Walk". National Capital Authority. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Merchant Navy Memorial". Monument Australia. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2016.

Coordinates: 35°17′49″S 149°08′38″E / 35.297°S 149.144°E

Kings Park, Canberra

Kings Park is a park in Canberra, Australia on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin.

Kings Park is adjacent to Kings Avenue, on the north side of Lake Burley Griffin's Central Basin. The park has a number of community and heritage spaces located within it. Kings Park is located adjacent to Commonwealth Park, which lies to its west, with the two parks separated by a red gravel assembly area at the base of Anzac Parade. The area is federally owned, and cared for by the National Capital Authority.

Blundells Cottage is located within the Kings Park precinct, having been constructed before the parkland was developed.

Several spaces designed for community engagement and enjoyment exist within the Park. The National Carillon, which conducts regular free musical programs, is located on Aspen Island, just off the shore of Kings Park. Boundless, a children's play ground designed to allow easier access for people with disabilities, is located closely to the Police and Workers Memorials.

Telstra Tower

Telstra Tower (also known as Black Mountain Tower and formerly Telecom Tower) is a telecommunications tower and lookout that is situated above the summit of Black Mountain in Australia's capital city of Canberra. It is named after Australia's largest telecommunications company, Telstra Corporation, which owns and operates the tower. Rising 195.2 metres (640 ft) above the mountain summit, it is a landmark in Canberra and offers panoramic views of the city and its surrounding countryside from an indoor observation deck and two outdoor viewing platforms.

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