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PERTH KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL

The Committee is to establish the Korean War Memorial in Perth, Western Australia to commemorate the courage and bravery of Korean War Veterans and to build on the strong relationship between Perth’s Korean community and Western Australians and doing such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the construction of this memorial.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Kings Park land, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects to the Noongar Elders past and present and thank them for their continuing contribution to multicultural Australia.

Unveiling Ceremony

The unveiling ceremony for the Perth Korean War Memorial was performed by the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Premier of Western Australia and H.E. Mr Kim Wan-joong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Australia. This took place on Thursday, 27th July 2023 and was immediately followed by a commemorative service which marked the 70th Anniversary of the Armistice.

Listen to audio broadcast of the Unveiling and Commemoration Service which captured the atmosphere of this historic occasion.   

 Link provided by Capitol Community Radio’s “The Listening Post” personnel, presenter Tony Howes OAM, Outside Broadcast Technical Producers, Karl Akers and Edo Brands, and Research Officer Allan Downs OAM (who is also a Sub Warden of the State War Memorial). 

Korean War History

Learn about key events from the war in Korea, 1950 – 1953

  • The pre-dawn darkness of 25 June 1950 was shattered by the tanks and artillery of the North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) pouring over the 38th parallel...

  • The frozen winter of 1950–51 did not slow the fighting. Attacking through fierce snowstorms, the Communist Chinese drove South Korean and UN troops before them until Seoul fell for a second time on 5 January...

  • In late April 1951 3RAR was given the task of blocking the Chinese offensive advancing along the road to Seoul, north of the Kapyong River...

  • The battle of Maryang San, fought in the first week of October 1951, was part of a much larger UN Command advance called Operation Commando... Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this page contains some material which may be considered culturally sensitive including photographs of people who have passed away.

  • Air power was critical in defeating the initial North Korean offensive and in providing close air support for ground operations over the remainder of the war...

  • Corporal Ray Parry of South Perth was awarded the Military Medal (MM) for the courage he displayed on the night of 23 April 1951, during the battle of Kapyong...

  • Captain Warwick Bracegirdle earned his first Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) during the Second World War...

  • Major General David Butler AO DSO from Guildford WA was a junior officer in Korea with 3RAR and earned the US Silver Star for gallantry in action in the Battle of the Apple Orchard in October 1950 – he had been with the battalion at Chongju near the Chinese border...