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The wooden honour roll commemorates those from the Swan Boys Orphanage who served in World War One. It was unveiled by the Governor of Western Australia on the 10th August 1918. 

The board was carved by Mr Malraisen who was a member of staff at the Swan Boys Orphanage, with the assistance of boys who were learning woodwork under his tutelage as a memorial to orphanage residents that enlisted and served in World War One.

There are 127 names on the board with 12 boys marked as having died in service.  During research it has been discovered that 20 boys actually died overseas in service. Six boys enlisted but were discharged before active service. One boy was found to have served but has not been listed and 2 boys served in World Wars One and Two.

Boys who died but are not marked as such : -

Barrett, Joseph

Cameron, John

Grubnau, Michael

Lawson, Frederick

MacKenzie, James

Porter, George

Gent, Victor

Kannan, Alfred


Boy who served but are not listed : -

Kannan, Alfred

Boys who served in both World Wars : -

Humberstone, Henry

Foster, John


 The Swanleigh site was formerly a Hostel for Country Children (1960 – 2010) and as an Orphanage (1876 – 1959). 



Address:58 Yule Avenue, Swanleigh, Middle Swan, 6056
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.860701
Long: 116.006212
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Honour Roll
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Artist:Mr Malraisen


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 10th August, 1918
Front Inscription

1914    1918

For King and Empire

[ Names ]

Source: MA
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