The Design Historic Timeline

The development for the design for the HMAS Sydney Memorial is discussed in detail with the information provided from the archives of Smith Sculptors in the form of documents and diary entries.

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January 31st 1999:

First Meeting with Jim Patterson, President elect of Rotary Club of Geraldton & his wife Elaine at our Studios, Gidgegannup

March 10th 1999:

First Site Visit: Dedicated Memorial Site photo & Artists Impressions

March 10th 1999

Presentation: Smith Sculptors Presentation to Rotary Club of Geraldton with credentials and past work

March 11th 1999:

Commenced Designing Memorial: Smith Sculptors actually started Designing The Memorial on their drive back to Perth!

March 14th 1999:

Letter to Patterson’s Inspiring Site Visit by Smith Sculptors to Geraldton

March 16th 1999:

Formal letter to Rotary Geraldton by Smith Sculptors re meeting.

March 20th 1999:

Rotary Club of Geraldton: Initial design suggestion

April 15th 1999

First Design Presentation By Smith Sculptors of The HMAS Sydney Memorial to Rotary Club of Geraldton 

April 15th 1999

Initial Design Concept: HMAS Sydney Memorial Symbolism – Written Concepts

April 15th 1999

Initial Design Concept: HMAS Sydney Memorial –Design concepts

May 4th 1999:

Congratulations Letter to Smith Sculptors for their concepts from Chairman of HMAS Sydney Memorial Steering Committee.