This Memorial was unveiled by His Excellency Rt. Hon. HW Barron Forster of LEPE PC GCMG Governor General Commonwealth of Australia 3rd June 1923. The memorial was the design of Varney Parkes, the son of "The Father of Federation", Sir Henry Parkes. The memorial sits in a large park in the centre of the Wollongong CBD and when unveiled was opposite the Wollongong Council Chambers. These council chambers have since been relocated.  The memorial has seen additions to the original World War I memorial arch with plaques representing all hostilities that Australia has been represented in since that time. The original memorial arch has six marble inserts that list the names of locals who enlisted with an asterisk next to the names of those who made the supreme sacrifice. There are approximately six hundred names on the monument.

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Fig.1 Wollongong War Memorial
Fig. 2 Tomkins on Memorial Wall
Fig. 3 Henry ArdaghTomkins
Fig. 4 Memorial Insert

Each Anzac Day, veterans march from Burelli St which fronts the Tasman Sea to the monument. The association of the march from the Tasman Sea reinforces the link of Anzac Day to the New Zealand brothers in arms. The memorial is currently undergoing restoration.

Henry Tomkins was born in Appin in June 1894.  His family moved to Dapto soon after Henry was born.  He was 21 and living in ByameeStreet Dapto at the time he enlisted.  He embarked on HMAT Persic on 18 November 1915. His occupation was produce carter.  He returned to Australia HT Madras on 3 August 1919 and married Amy Schumann and they had one daughter Gwendoline.  He also served in WWll.