Upgrade for century-old Mt Wilson war memorial

The 100-year-old war memorial at Mt Wilson will be restored thanks to a federal government grant.

Macquarie MP Susan Templeman announced on February 25 that the Mt Wilson Progress Association is set to receive $4000 to restore the memorial and a surrounding fence.

"This is a wonderful outcome for the community of Mt Wilson," said Ms Templeman.

"I encouraged the Mt Wilson Progress Association to apply through this program, which aims to honour the service and sacrifice of Australia's service men and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, as well as promoting appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

"Mt Wilson has been through an incredibly traumatic summer and they are a very resilient community.

"I am just thrilled that this investment has been made into the rich history of this close-knit local community."

The Mt Wilson War Memorial was unveiled on November 29, 1919 as a tribute to those who served in WWI from Mt Wilson, Bell and Mt Irvine, which in fact included all eligible men from the three villages.

For more than 100 years it has served as a central place for reflection for the three communities, as no separate memorial exists in Bell or Mt Irvine.

The memorial now includes the names of those who served in WWII and Vietnam. The WWI names were re-gilded about 20 years ago, and some errors were corrected by an expert stonemason from Wallerawang in 2016.

The Mt Wilson Progress Association is solely responsible for the memorial's care and maintenance, and an increase in visitation to the area created the need for a protective fence.

"The War Memorial belongs to the people of Bell, Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine," said association president Alison Halliday.

"After WWI a local committee was formed, the land donated and the memorial paid for by local subscriptions.

"It is located in the heart of the village of Mt Wilson, surrounded by beautiful pine and deciduous trees. It is the focus for the community on Remembrance Day.

"The WWI lettering was re-gilded some years ago so we will now be able to re-guild the WWII names.

"The fence demarcates the private land from the public land and it will also match up with the new fence in front of the school house precinct."