Scott memorial going to Centenary Gardens

The Scott family memorial is set to be relocated after extensive discussion with the direct descendents.
The Scott family memorial is set to be relocated after extensive discussion with the direct descendents.

The Scott Family Memorial celebrating Bunbury’s first European settlers is set to be relocated to Centenary Gardens following extensive consultation with the Scott family.

The memorial will be moved from Anzac Park following a decision by Bunbury City Council on Tuesday night.

The memorial was erected in 1961 and recognises first settlers John and Helen Scott, theirs sons Robert, William and John Jr, and step-son Daniel McGregor, who arrived in January 1838.

Discussions to relocate the memorial began last September following a request from the Bunbury RSL.

Relocation is also consistent with a Conservation Management Plan for Anzac Park.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said relocating the memorial to Centenary Gardens was appropriate as it was accessible to the public and other significant memorials were already located there.

“Significant consultation with nine descendants of John and Helen Scott was carried out to ensure the relocation of the memorial was carried out with the appropriate respect for the family and their contribution to Bunbury,” Mr Brennan said.

“The family will also be consulted throughout the relocation process and they have also requested the memorial be restored, which the City is pleased to fund.

“Centenary Gardens is the perfect place for this monument as it already contains recognition for other significant figures in Bunbury’s history, including former Mayor Ern Manea and his wife Snookie, former WA Premier Sir John Forrest, and explorer and surveyor Henry William St Pierre Bunbury.”

The memorial will be relocated once approval from the State Heritage Office has been received.