Waiting Woman Statue
Public Art : Waiting Woman
Sculptors : © Joan Walsh Smith
Date Unveiled : 18th November 2001.
Description : Bronze statue of a middle aged woman
looking out to sea, bracing herself against the wind, with her hand resting on her hat to keep it on, whilst
her skirt blows (like a wave) from behind. The out line of the woman's body can be clearly seen through the
material of her dress as she struggles with the forces of nature, in the vain hope a sailor will
Location : HMAS Sydney Memorial, Mount Scott Park,
Corner George Road & Brede Street, Geraldton, Western Australia.
History : The HMAS Sydney Memorial, sitting high on the hill overlooking the Indian Ocean, in Geraldton , is one
of the most imaginative memorials in the State. The memorial took the well renowned Smith Sculptors Studio
almost three years to design and create and stands as a fitting memorial to the 645 crew members who lost their
lives defending our State and country on the HMAS Sydney II in 1941. One of the memorials most
interesting and haunting sculptures is the Waiting Woman, which captures the personal dispair
of the many families (especially the wives and mothers) who lost a sailor in the tragedy. The Waiting
Woman stares out to sea in vain hope of glimpsing the return of her loved one. The sculpture not only
represents the great loss of the time but also symbolises the continued dispair of families that still wait for
closure from the incident. The Waiting Woman was designed and sculpted by Joan Walsh-Smith with the aim to
create a "humanising feature" to the memorial.
HMAS Sydney Memorial (Geraldton)
HMAS Sydney Memorial Drive (Carnarvon)
Public Art By Smith Sculptors Studio
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