First prize entry in a competition for a design for an AWM outside Australia House

Accession Number ART90017
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 35.5 x 20.0 x 20.0 cm
Object type Sculpture
Physical description plaster, cream patina
Maker Paulin, George Henry
Place made United Kingdom, United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London, Westminster, St John's Wood
Date made c. 1945-1949
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


A maquette for a Second World War memorial featuring a central column that has an Australian coat of arms on the front and on the top is a wreath of olive leaves with a ribbon. The maquette sits on a separate wooden display plinth. In an anti-clockwise direction around the memorial are the following figures: a knight of St. George, a small girl, a male member of the Royal Australian Air Force, a member of the Royal Australian Navy (who is holding hands with the small girl), a small boy, a female nurse (who is holding hands with the boy), an Australian Infantryman (the hand of the nurse is on his shoulder), a small girl, then a second knight of St. George. One knight holds a lance and a shield, while the second knight holds a sword and a shield. Between them is the Australian coat of arms and the inscription: "Those whom this commemorates were numbered against those who left all that was dear to them endured much and finally passed out of the sight of men by the bath of duty let those who come after see to it that their names be not forgotten."