Honour Board, 1939-1945 : The North Shore Gas Company Ltd

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, North Sydney
Accession Number REL35347
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Bronze
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: New South Wales
Date made c 1947
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Rectangular cast bronze honour board with restrained design in a faux wood finish. The main body of the board consists of three name panels, each with a faux chiselled pattern background, bordered on each side by a fluted column. The base and capital of the columns include a panel featuring a decorative circular boss, and each column is topped by an urn shaped finial. The top panel is entitled 'EMPLOYEES OF THE NORTH SHORE GAS COMPANY LTD WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II'. The second, main panel contains the names of those who served, with a key below to the symbols used against the names, for killed in action (a Christian cross); accidentally killed (a Maltese cross) and died whilst POW (a plain cross). The lower panel features the dates '1939-1945'. The names are: Adrian, D J; Alderton, R S; Anderson, R W; Alexander, F D; Armitage, K; Ashton, G R; Barker, W C; Bennett, W C; Bennett, A L; Bersten, N; Blackman, J H: Bourke, W A; Boyden, A K; Buntine, R A (KIA); Butler, W H: Chambers, A J; Colville, D; Connell, J M: Cooper, W G; Cowan, A J: Corfield, P C; Debnam, L E; Donovan, F D; Downes, N A; Dowson, T (KIA); Duross, F M; Edwards, J A; Einersen, T; Etherington, J B; Evison, A J; Fielding, D J; Fitzsimmons, G W; Fitzsimmons, R J; Garrard, R N; Gee, B; Giltrow, E C; Goff, R N; Grundie, A; Harrris, F W; Haviland, D; Hawsey, H A: Haywood, D A (KIA); Herbert, D N (KIA); Hesse, B H; Higgins, J; Hodge, D; Huby, W L; Humphries, F W; Ingram, A; Ingram, W H; James, H J: Jones, G F; Karnaghan, J G (KIA); Karnaghan, K; Kersley, T B; Kelly, F H; Kenyon, R; Kvick, J R; Kydd, R A; Lamb, J F; Lanham, J E; Laughton, D V; Lee, A S; Leffler, R J; Leggett, C; Ling, G; Locke, O; Lucas, W J; Lyden, R E; Maladay, R A; McCarthy, S J; McIlwaine, E W; McFarlane, K L; McGugan, M J; McLaws, H E; McTaggart, R B; Mills, H A; Minnett, J W; Morgan, A C; Morrison, R K (died as POW); O'Shea, T (KIA); O'Sullivan, P F (accidentally killed); Parker, N G; Pashley, W R; Pask, E G; Pearce, C C; Powers, A W; Purdy, L F; Ramsland, W A; Rance, N; Randerson, L H; Rasmussen, H A; Roberts, C W; Roberts, G D; Rooney, C J; Roy, A R; Sainty, G; Sawyer, B E; Sanger, L H; Smith, K; Smith, R A; Smith, R E; Smith, R K; Stephens, W J; Swankie, W L; Thomas, B H; Telford, W D; Todd, A W; Tofield, W; Trickett, C P (KIA); Vincent, E H (KIA); Vinden, W L; Wakefield, W B; Walker, W L; Warren, R A; Waters, W; Williams, N J; Whittle, J A; Yates, C K; Zenthon, P; Miss G E Beer; Miss N Bevan; Miss E M Ingram; Miss G Wade-Ferrell.

History / Summary

Bronze honour board of the North Shore Gas Company, listing employees who had served or died during the Second World War. The roll highlights the names of 10 employees who died. They are 403554 Flight Sergeant Robert Athol Buntine of Petersham, 1435 Flight RAF, died 13 August 1942 in the Mediterranean during a flying battle; NX50326 Warrant Officer Class 2 Thomas Dowson of North Sydney, 2/3 Pioneer Battalion, died 23 October 1942 in Egypt; D A Haywood (details unknown); 433297 Flight Sergeant Donald Norrie Herbert of Balgowlah, 531 Sqn USAAF Headquarters, NW Area, died 9 October 1944 at Timor in a flying battle; NX50398 Private James George Karnaghan of Petersham, 2/3 Pioneer Battalion, died 31 October 1942 in Egypt; NX20357 Lance Corporal Robert Kenneth Morrison of Paddington, 2/12 Field Company, died of illness as POW in Burma; NX48965 Sapper Thomas John O'Shea of Arncliffe, 2/6 Field Company, died of illness, 20 October 1942 in New Guinea; NX25138 Gunner Emmett Patrick Francis O'Sullivan of North Sydney, 2/13 Field Regiment, accidentally killed in Australia, 11 April 1941; NX25620 Lieutenant Charles Philip William Trickett of Campsie, 2/23 Battalion, killed Tarakan, 6 May 1945; and NX34618 Private Eric Herbert Vincent of Cammeray, 2/17 Battalion, died of wounds 7 September 1943 in New Guinea. The North Shore Gas Company (NSGC) built Sydney's first North Shore gas works at Neutral Bay in 1876 and expanded with a new gasworks at Oyster Cove, Waverton in 1917, where this honour board and the First World War example (see REL35346) were displayed. NSGC was taken over by AGL in 1975. The boards were then displayed at AGL's Corporate Head Office at 111 Pacific Highway, North Sydney for at least 30 years prior to refurbishment of the building in 2004 and their donation in 2006.