Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum
Community discussion regarding a war memorial in Goulburn began in 1918 and went on for some four years as debate continued over what form the memorial should take and where it should be located. The site was finally decided upon in 1922 when Mr W J Bartlett, who operated the Goulburn Brewery from 1874 to 1921, purchased Rocky Hill dedicating it to “the use of the people for all time, with the reservation of the right to erect on the eminence the Soldiers' Memorial."
In 1923 Anzac Day celebrations were held on the site and drew much prominence to the project. Considerable discussion again took place on the design of the memorial with three alternatives proposed, a Tower, a Celtic cross and a column. On 11 September 1923 the War Memorial Committee accepted the Tower design of E C Manfred and Son, prominent Goulburn architects of the period.
The memorial tower cost £5,500 to build largely funded by public subscription with the laying of the Foundation Stone taking place on Anzac Day, 1924. The Goulburn Evening Penny Post reported after the opening of Rocky Hill that; “…it was now generally admitted that this was the finest memorial in Australia”.
The Rocky Hill War Memorial is a square tower of stone conglomerate and concrete. The lookout gallery at the top of the Memorial provides spectacular views over the city of Goulburn and surrounding district. A collection of First World War objects, memorabilia, military heraldry and technology, as well as collections related to Goulburn’s association with subsequent wars, is housed in the Rocky Hill Museum.
The lookout is open 7 days per week from 7am to 7pm.
The Rocky Hill War Memorial tower and Rocky Hill museum are currently closed for construction work. It is likely this will continue until October 2019.