Public Art : Firefighters Memorial (Also known as
Firefighters Memorial Grove)
Sculptor : © Jon Tarry
Description : The Firefighters Memorial is
built from local sandstone and granite. The layout of the design is like that of the stars of the Southern
Cross. The central arc is designed to represent the base of a burnt out tree and the main feature, a 10 tonne
rock, looks strikingly like a flame.
Date Unveiled : The Firefighters Memorial was
dedicated on the 23rd of July, 2000.
Location of the Firefighters Memorial : Forrest
Drive, Kings Park, Western Australia.
Background Behind the Firefighters Memorial : The
Firefighters Memorial was built to celebrate the 100 years of Fire and Rescue services in Western Australia and to
honour the men and women career fighterfighters and the volunteers who have given their all to protect the
State. Sculptor and artist Jon Tarry consulted with Aboriginal representatives of Kings Park before
embarking on the project. Following advice he changed his choice of rock from red granite to Beelarup stone and
Avon granite as it resided in Nyoongah country. During the dedication ceremony in 2000, the Minister for
Emergency Services, the Honourable Kevin Prince and four firefighters placed their hands in wet concrete as a
symbolic gesture and a lasting tribute to all firefighters.
Interesting Point to Note : The Pioneer Women's Mmeorial Fountain the Firefighters Memorial are the
only two memorials in Kings Park that do not commemorate war!