Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has addressed the official ceremony for the recommissioning of the memorial to Private Robert Weir in Bombo.
Mr Ward said that he was extremely honoured to attend this important community event with the Mayor of Kiama Mark Honey, Mr Brian Weir and Mr David Potts and representatives from the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub Branch, including Vice-President Gary McKay and the President Mongo Delamont. The officiating chaplain was Rev Rob Buchan.
“Private Robert Weir, the first Australian to die whilst on active service as part of the New South Wales contingent to Sudan on 1st May 1885. Robert was a son of the Kiama community,” he said.
“Robert was 21 years old and enlisted to serve 132 years ago.
“My thanks to the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub-Branch, the Weir family and the NSW Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott MP for his support to restore this significant memorial.
“Robert’s memory and the memory of all who have lost their lives should serve as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many, so that we can live in a free and confident Australia.
“Robert Weir rest in peace and may your memory live on forever,” Mr Ward said.
Gary McKay, Vice-President of the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub Branch said:
“There were 15 members of the Weir family in attendance, one of which flew over from Perth such was the important to the Weir family,” he said.
“We also had in attendance our light horse Troop. We also had the Kiama Pipe Band and our resident conductor Warwick Sporne and 100 local residents in attendance.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do this event without the support of our local MP Gareth Ward and Minister David Elliott to repair this significant Memorial and it is now a registered war memorial with the New South Wales Government,” Mr McKay concluded.