Concept: War Memorials


A war memorial Cenotaph was built on the lawns opposite Government House in 1957, designed by the government architect H. S. Barnes. Made of concrete, it is a rectangular pillar mounted on a rectangular plinth. The pillar has an incised cross on the eastern and western sides and was designed to carry bronze plaques. It has bronzed flagstaffs from which can be flown the flags of the seven nations which took part in the war against the Japanese: the United States, the United Kingdom, the BSIP, Fiji, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands (now Kiribati and Tuvalu), Australia and New Zealand. (NS 8 Aug. 1957, 31 Aug. 1957) There are also small U.S. and Japanese war memorials at Bloody Ridge outside of Honiara, and substantial U.S. and Japanese ones at Skyline and Mt. Austen, all in Honiara. In August 2011, a memorial to scouts and coastwatchers was unveiled near the wharves in Honiara.

Published resources


  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details