Did you know that there are four other memorials in the immediate area of the plaque at Splendour Rock in the Wild Dog Mountains. A detailed, fully researched book by Michael Keats and Keith Maxwell is now with the printer. For any bushwalker with even a passing interest in Splendour Rock this will become a go to reference.
Splendour Rock honours thirteen (13) bushwalkers from clubs who died on active service during WWII. While Splendour Rock has been described as ‘God’s Balcony’ with its views of the Southern Blue Mountains it was not the first choice of a site for a memorial.
The book answers so many questions such as, who were the thirteen (13) young men, how did they die and what did they contribute to bushwalking? How have they since been remembered? Who cast the Splendour Rock plaque and when / how was it installed and then dedicated? Who were the bushwalkers who served and returned? How were they supplied comforts from home? What is the story behind the other four memorials.
A great read and a great reference not to be missed. Watch out for a book launch early in 2023.
BNSW Honorary Historian.