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The monument commemorates former tram workers who were killed in action or died in service in World War One.

At least 150 tram workers left to fight on the Western Front in France, and 34 of them never returned.  The monument was commissioned by staff at the Rozelle tramsheds in Sydney in 1916, and it was cast in cement by Irish-Australian sculptor Edwin McGowan.    The monument was paid for by the comrades of the tramshed workers.  

The statue was the first in Australia to depict a digger and the first to be installed at a workplace.  Unusually, the statue depicts a soldier in a relaxed pose, with an open collar and rolled-up sleeves.

When the Rozelle tramsheds closed in 1958, the moument moved with the workers to the nearby Leichhardt bus depot.  In 2018, the monument was restored and was placed back in its original location.


Address:1 Dalgal Way, Tramsheds Precinct, Forest Lodge, 2037
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.876056
Long: 151.178709
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Artist:Edwin McGowan


Front Inscription

Glory to God honour to the dead

To the memory of the men of Rozelle Tramway Depot who gave thier lives for their country

The Great War

1914 - 1919

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Erected by their comrades

Left Side Inscription


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Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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