Mawson Park, located in the heart of the Campbelltown CBD, attracts workers and families to its leafy, picturesque grounds.
Kids will enjoy the playground which caters to all ages with its climbing frame, slippery slide and wobbly bridge. There’s plenty of grassy areas for running around and free play.
Relax for a meal at undercover picnic benches or seats shaded by trees dotted around the park.
You can also take a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the path and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Take a moment to learn some of our local history from one of the many monuments along the way.
Brand new toilets, a project part of Campbelltown City Council's Renew-Connect-Revitalise improvement program, are found near the corner entrance of the park.
Mawson Park is as old as Campbelltown itself
This was where Governor Macquarie had given the town its name in 1820, and for years was known as either "The Green" or "The Recreation Reserve". In 1938, it was named in honour of Dr William Mawson, who retired after 28 years of practice in the town. In August 1969, council increased the size of the park by closing part of Howe Street near St Peter's Church.
War Memorial and tribute to the past
A number of commemorative plaques feature in the park to mark the naming of Campbelltown and to commemorate Mawson Park's rich history, including a War Memorial sandstone obelisk that was established in 1991. This Memorial commemorates the soldiers who perished in seven military campaigns from the Boer War to Vietnam.
A memorial honouring the Armistice Centenary and the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women was unveiled on November 9th 2018, to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I.
The memorial consists of a corten (weathered) steel body with cut outs of aluminium poppies, known as the flowers of remembrance, painted in red and with a halo light effect around them.
The left side of the memorials feature the words Lest We Forget in aluminium letter cut outs. A graphics panel on the right side of the memorials includes a brief history of Armistice Day and photos from World War I. It stands in a courtyard marked with a fountain, and name plaques.
A Naval memorial, Air Force Memorial and Army Memorial also stand, marked with a propeller (2009), an anchor (2005) and a piece of field artillery (pre 1989).
A Gallipoli pine propagated at Mt Annan Botanic Garden is also marked with a plaque to honour the sacrifices of Australian men and women in all conflicts, and the unknown soldier who forever remains on foreign soil.
A special memorial is dedicated to Warrant Officer Class II Wheatley. Kevin Arthur Wheatley was the recipient of a VC awarded posthumously for magnificent courage in Vietnam.
The War Memorials at Mawson Park keep our Anzac spirit alive, and is often the site used for formal ceremonies such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day - enabling our younger and future generations to remember and recognise Australia's military past, and the bravery of those who went to war.
Want to know more Mawson Park history? Check out The History Buff - Blog by the Campbelltown City Library, Local Studies Team.
A bus stop is directly next to the park on Queen St.
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