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Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority


Kings Park and Botanic Garden has more memorials, statues and honour avenues than any other park in Australia.

The self-guided memorial walk takes in stunning views of the Swan River and Perth's central business district as visitors pass the State War Memorial, entrance to the Western Australian Botanic Garden and Lotterywest Federation Walkway and back to the restaurant precinct. Kings Park Memorials and Statues map provides locations of the park memorials.

Official requests for the addition of new memorials are referred to the Authority's Memorials Policy.

A selection of Kings Park's memorials are detailed below, with further information detailed in Dororthy Erickson's book 'A Joy Forever.'
Kings Park Memorials



John Forrest statue





The John Forrest statue is located on a roundabout at the intersection of Lovekin and May Drives. It was unveiled in August, 1928 and honours the first Premier of Western Australia (1890 - 1901) and the first President of the Kings Park Board. John Forrest became Surveyor General in 1883 and officially named the gazetted public area as Perth Park in 1895.

In 1918, Sir John Forrest was to be made a Baron of the United Kingdom but he died in September before King George V formally signed the Letters Patent. The title of Lord Forrest was therefore never legally established but was applied to this monument when erected.

In his time, he doubled the size of the reserve, sought funding for the park and heavily influenced the first years of design and planning. Sir John Forrest was also chiefly responsible for the construction of Fremantle Harbour (1898), the Eastern Goldfields Water Supply Scheme (1903) and the Transcontinental Railway (1917).





State War Memorial Precinct




The State War Memorial Cenotaph is easily identified along Perth's skyline and is one of Kings Park's most iconic features. The site was selected on the bluff of Mt Eliza in 1926 after much negotiation with the Perth City Council, Premier and various committees, with the construction completed for the State’s Centenary in 1929. The Court of Contemplation, Flame of Remembrance, Pool of Reflection and ANZAC Bluff feature within this precinct. The State War Memorial attracts over 40,000 visitors for the annual ANZAC Day Dawn Service.


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2/16th Battalion Memorial




The 2/16 Battalion Memorial is located north of the Cenotaph. It honours the men of this battalion who fought in Syria, New Guinea and Borneo in WWII. It is flanked on either side by a plaque for the first 16th placed in 2003.






Jewish War Memorial




The Jewish War Memorial was erected in 1920 to honour soldiers of the Jewish faith who died in WWI. The monument was designed by sculptor Pietro Porcelli. It consists of an Ionic column of Donnybrook stone rising from a granite base and crowned by a globe of copper bearing the Star of David. A plaque was added in 1953 to commemorate those who died in WWII.




Floral Clock
A bequest from Mr F. Wittenoom, a Western Australian pastoralist, was used to build a floral clock that was unveiled in 1962. The landmark was removed in 2011 to allow for landscape improvements. It has been reinstated 200 metres south of its previous location, near the Western Australian Botanic Garden entry. The 2013 design features Australian plants as the roman numerals and a range of Western Australian native plants around the perimeter and in the clock centre.










Pioneer Women's Memorial



The bronze sculpture, ornamental lake and fountains of the Pioneer Women's Memorial serve as a centre-piece for the Western Australian Botanic Garden. The iconic nine foot bronze sculpture was formally opened in January 1968, reputed to be the largest undertaken in Australia at the time. The figure represents a mother with an infant in her arms, stepping forth to meet her destiny. It stands on a stepping stone in the pond surrounded by five other stepping stones and fountains, and is the centre piece of the Water Garden.







Firefighters' Memorial



The Firefighters' Memorial Grove was unveiled in 2000 in memory of all Western Australian firefighters who have served and given their lives in protecting our communities. Enhancement works were completed in 2014 and included the addition of two life-sized bronze statues by local artist Jon Tarry modelled on Western Australian firefighters, one standing and the other kneeling and holding the helmet of a deceased colleague.











Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Memorial


Australia's first State war memorial for Indigenous Australians commemorates the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who gave their lives serving with the Australian armed forces and services in all conflicts since the Boer War. A granite rock with memorial plaque stands opposite seating and a wall, which includes rocks from regional areas of the State where Indigenous people came to serve their country.










Kokoda Memorial Plaque



The Kokoda Track Memorial was placed on the slope of Mt Eliza in 2001. It commemorates all units who served on the Kokoda Track in WWII. The Memorial sits at the start of the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, which is a tribute to the bravery of Australian troops who fought through atrocious conditions and against vastly superior numbers in the Papua New Guinea campaign of July 1942 - January 1943.









Vietnam Memorial Pavilion




The Vietnam Memorial Pavilion was originally constructed at Karrakatta Cemetery in 1899 and then relocated to its current position in 1988. Dedicated on 1 October 1989 the memorial commemorates sixty-one Western Australians who gave their lives in the 1962 - 1973 conflict. On 7 December 2002 a statue of two soldiers from Australia and Vietnam was placed in front of the pavilion.








Tobruk Memorial



First dedicated in 1966, this memorial is similar in design to the Australian memorial which once stood at the Tobruk War Cemetry in Libya. It honours the 'Rats of Tobruk' who defended Tobruk during the siege by German and Italian armies in 1941. The marble of the Tobruk name-plate came from a building in Tobruk. A time capsule lies beneath the memorial.






2/28 Battalion and 24th Anti-tank Company Memorial




Unveiled on 8 October 1961, the 2/28 Battalion and 24th Anti-tank Company memorial (Flame memorial) commemorates the men from these units who gave their lives in World War II. The memorial is a symbolic flame mounted on a stepped plinth of granite. The sculptor, Margaret Priest, described the memorial as 'abstract lines of flame forming a vital upsurge of life beyond death'. In 2007 the memorial was refurbished and moved closer to the Tobruk memorial.





Dr Arnold Cook Memorial




Dr Arnold Cook who became totally blind at the age of 18 years, pioneered the famous Guide Dog movement in Australia. The site was dedicated on 15 October 1986 by the Governor, Professor Gordon Reid, and the memorial unveiled by Mrs Ruth Reid on 4 December 1989. Greg James was the sculptor.




South African War Memorial




Previously known as the Fallen Solder’s Memorial, this was the first war memorial erected in Kings Park. It honours Western Australian soldiers killed in the Boer War (1899-1902). The foundation stone was laid by the Duke of Cornwall and York, who would later become King George V, in 1901 and the completed memorial was unveiled in September 1902. It was one of the largest and most impressive memorials in Australia at the time and remained the most important symbol of sacrifice until the unveiling of the State War Memorial in 1929.





HMS Queen Elizabeth Shells



The HMS Queen Elizabeth bomb shell was originally used to collect donations for the maintenance of the Honour Avenues. The collection box consists of thirteen shell casings including a fifteen inch projectile from HMS Queen Elizabeth that served at ANZAC Cove from 1914-18. It was unveiled in August 1921.






10th Light Horse Memorial




The 10th Light Horse was the only Western Australian cavalry regiment in World War 1. The Infantry was formed in 1900 and served in Sinai, Palestine, Jordan and Syria. The force was disbanded in 1919. The memorial honours the fallen 301 men from this regiment and was unveiled in April, 1921. Each ANZAC Day, the unit lays a sheaf of wheat in honour of the regiment’s horses.






Bali Memorial



The Bali Memorial is dedicated to Western Australians who died, or were injured, in the Bali terrorist attacks in 2002. The sandstone pillars are aligned so a ray of light enters the memorial at sunrise on 12 October each year, illuminating the plaque engraved with the names of Western Australians lost.

The memorial honours the courage and support provided by many individual volunteers and organisations following the incident. It was officially dedicated on 12 October 2003.








Queen Victoria Statue






The Queen Victoria Statue was gifted to the city of Perth by Hackett and Allen Stoneham, local and London mining entrepreneur in 1902. It was a replica of another made for the Examination Hall of the Royal College of Surgeons, with the Queen’s robes given to the sculptor to copy the lace into the Carrara marble. The veil was also created in likeness of the Queen’s wedding veil. The memorial was unveiled in October, 1903.



Leake Memorial Fountain





The Leake Memorial Fountain was erected in honour of George Leake who became Premier of Western Australia in 1901. It was designed in a Byzantine style by Technical School art master J.W.R. Linton and was unveiled in July 1904. It was funded through a bequest by Mrs Leake, who specifically requested a marble drinking fountain for the Park.








Transport


enjoy the journey on the Double Decker hop on / off bus  (to / from and around Kings Park) as well as the bike hire station in Kings Park 


in and out 

1,2,3
Major tourist options 
Boat, Bus, taxi / uber, Bike and foot 

1. Google map link this page








Free 360 tour 

see Street View this page 



Zone Icons


Kings Park
last five (9) by latest edits: see table bottom of page (sort by any column)

Name & URLTheme / FeatureDistance from Fraser Rd PlatformDate yy.mm comment
Statue Lord Forrest Monument SW 340m in centre of roundabout 2020.07 drafted page 
Botanic Terrace and Pavilion Pavilion (minor view to river), connects with paths  S 350m along federation walk 2020.05 opened late 2019 photos opts 
Beedawong Meeting Place Historical site: meeting place of Aboriginal tribes. stone amphitheatre (40 people) open air SW 0820m walk straight, below tree top bridge walk Google map only 
Fraser Avenue Precinct Zone topics 0   
Trails Kings Park Trails directory elevations, distances  
The Bali Memorial Memorial Bali terrorist attack 2002 N 250m, views, seating Memorial 12th Oct each yr 2020.05 google street view added 
Jacobs Ladder outlook: 242 steps / popular fitness path, cafe at base NW 0400m straight line 2019.06 New Google Virtual tour 
Kaarta Gar-up Platform view East to city & river 0 at Platform 2019.05 updated 
Lycopod Island water feature, kids play zone, within May Drive Parkland with cafe and toilets SW 2400m hop on / off bus passes hourly  
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Tour zone trails: Kings Park
by latest edits: open table to sort by any column
Name & URLDistance / elevation / surfaceFeatures
Crawley Path: Nature walk North loop 0750m / e:05m / hard / loop Parking, Nature walk 
Trek Map 0:  live map paths, distance, elevation virtual tour 
Goanna path 1250m / e:20m / hard 80% / dir: N-S-E  dir; 10pm to 5am 
Nature Walk 2 N.East Crawley Path 0280m / e:06m / hard / dir: E-W Iron mesh surface, Near DNA tower 
Nature walk 1 N.East Crawley Path 0420m / e:06m / hard / loc: C.E / dir: E-W Iron Mesh, near DNA tower and Botanic Car park 
Loop Roe Garden and DNA tower nature walk 2600m / 20m / hard surface square loop Roe Garden toilets, DNA tower, 2 boardwalks 
Boodja YORGRA (Womens) Track 0800m / Hard / up 45m starts where Boodja trail finishes to make a loop Indigenous knowledge: Plants, Glass arch bridge and connects with 2 more trails to make a loop 
Lotterywest Federation Walkway 0620m / e:10m / hard surf / Dir: various Botanical gardens, Tree top Glass bridge 
Boodja MAARM (Mens) Track 1400 / hard / 45 m change starts where Boodja finishes to make a loop Indigenous knowledge: Plants, Glass arch bridge and connects with 2 more trails to make a loop 
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Tour zone Icons:  Kings Park
last nine (9) by latest edits: open table to (sort by any column)
Name & URLTheme / FeatureDistance from Fraser Rd PlatformDate yy.mm comment
Statue Lord Forrest Monument SW 340m in centre of roundabout 2020.07 drafted page 
Botanic Terrace and Pavilion Pavilion (minor view to river), connects with paths  S 350m along federation walk 2020.05 opened late 2019 photos opts 
Beedawong Meeting Place Historical site: meeting place of Aboriginal tribes. stone amphitheatre (40 people) open air SW 0820m walk straight, below tree top bridge walk Google map only 
Fraser Avenue Precinct Zone topics 0   
Trails Kings Park Trails directory elevations, distances  
The Bali Memorial Memorial Bali terrorist attack 2002 N 250m, views, seating Memorial 12th Oct each yr 2020.05 google street view added 
Jacobs Ladder outlook: 242 steps / popular fitness path, cafe at base NW 0400m straight line 2019.06 New Google Virtual tour 
Kaarta Gar-up Platform view East to city & river 0 at Platform 2019.05 updated 
Lycopod Island water feature, kids play zone, within May Drive Parkland with cafe and toilets SW 2400m hop on / off bus passes hourly  
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Places visited


Event date / locationEvent typeTitle / summaryVenue / hostPublication link
2020.08.10 Burswood Icons of the trail Stunning food and views City View Cafe fbk grp wa tourism 
2020.07.12 Kings park Icons of the trail update bike hire station Bicycle hire SpinWAy Kings Park fbk grp wa tourism 
2020.08.02 Kalamunda trail - Bushland - creek Natural zone - dog friendly Whistlepipe Gully walk fbk wa trails pic n vid 
2020.08.12 Burswood Icons of the trail 190 m rock serpent The Wandering fbk grp wa tourism 
2020.08.08 Hillarys Icons of the trail Awesome Marina with so many attractions Hillarys Boat Harbour fbk wa biz 
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