The main memorial at 14m in height is constructed from Donnybrook stone, was built and funded by the citizens of Fremantle in 1928 to commemorate the 59,330 Australians killed or posted as missing in action in WW1.
Built at a cost of 5,931 pounds. It was redesigned by the local architects Allen & Nicholas due to a lack of funding for the original winning design.
The original stone obelisk or navigational 'Trig' located on this position enabled shipping to safely navigate the coast and Harbour entry.
This 11 acre, 'A' class, heritage listed reserve has been designed as an integral part of the Central War Memorial and has remained largely unchanged since its inception in 1928. The central memorial and exservice association memorials surrounding it were erected by the people of WA to recognise the sacrifice of those men & women who gave their lives for our freedom.
Please treat them with respect. R.A.N. Corvettes Association (WA: - This fine stone and bronze Memorial erected in 1984 commemorates the mighty "little" ships depicted on the plaque in the foreground and the brave men who served in them, especially those who did not return.
Some 39 Corvettes visited or operated out of Fremantle between 1942 and 1959. During WWII they excelled in Minesweeping, Patrol, Escort, Troop Carrying and Rescue operations.
U.S. Submariners' Association : - This unique Memorial erected in 1967, by the City of Fremantle and the U.S. Submariners who gave their lives for their country in WWII.
Eleven U.S. Submarines were reported as sunk/lost out of Fremantle from a total of 123. Fremantle was also a major base for Submarines of the British and Dutch Navies.
Royal Naval Association (Perth): - Unveiled in 1994, this Memorial was designed and built by the Perth branch of the Royal Naval Association.
This was the first Royal Navy Memorial in Australia and is dedicated to the lasting memory of all R.N. service men and women who made the supreme sacrifice. A large number of these men died at sea and have no known graves.
The men of the British East Indies Fleet 1939-45 and Pacific Fleets 1944-45, and those 2773 brave men who gave their lives protecting the 'Artic Convoys' en route to Russia in WWII 1941-45, are also remembered here with special plaques situated on the inside of the rear wall.
Netherlands Ex-Services Association : - This Memorial was unveiled in June 1999 to commemorate the Netherlands service men and women who gave their lives during WWII. Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN) ships and submarines operated out of Fremantle during WWII and, together with British submarines, were responsible for approximately 2% of all enemy shipping lost to lsubmarines. The Sutch Merchant Navy was a main supply line for Australia and Allied Troops during the crucial years 1942-1943. The Dutch submarine K12 made a number of secret patrols from Fremantle.