Winchelsea Memorial Cairns


The Winchelsea Cairns War Memorial honours all 100 of Australia’s Victoria Cross recipients alongside service personnel from Winchelsea and District. 

The memorial includes three glass pyramid cairns, with each cairn dedicated to several military conflicts:

  • WWI 1914-1918 (cairn 1)
  • WWII 1939-1945 (cairn 2 and 3)
  • The Boer war 1899-1902 (cairn 3)
  • The Korean War 1950 – 1953 (cairn 3)
  • The Malayan Emergency 1950-1960 (cairn 3)
  • The Vietnam war 1965-1973 (cairn 3) 

This are has a strong history of military service; in 1914 Winchelsea’s population was just 450 yet a staggering 230 local people served in WWI. The average age of servicemen and women was just 22 years old.

Visit the cairns on the Gulidjan side of the Barwon River in Main St Winchelsea. 

Learn more

QR Winchelsea Memorial Cairns Interactive Map.pngRead more and access an interactive map of the site, which gives some of the detail behind the history of the war on Winchelsea and District.

Winchelsea Memorial Cairns 


Many thanks to the following for your support on this project:

  • Winchelsea RSL (namely Kevin Bennett, Des Donohue and David Kelly)
  • Winchelsea Historical Society
  • Nancy Mawson and her daughter Christine Alsop
  • Geelong Heritage Centre
  • The Geelong Military Re-enactment Group
  • Victorian Veterans’ Council
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • The Victorian State Government
  • The Australian Federal Government

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