Kiama’s Obelisk

Obelisk1This sandstone survey obelisk was originally installed in 1861. It was the reference point from which all distances in the district were to be measured.

In 1959 the Obelisk was hit by a runaway truck prompting the council to relocate it to a safer position in Terralong Street.

Obelisks symbolise rays of sunlight. They were popular in Victorian cemeteries, particularly in non-conformist burial grounds where geometric forms were preferred to religious symbols such as crosses and angels.   

This plaque is one of many found around the district. The plaques discribe the history of their locations. They were commissioned by Kiama Council in 2009.

If you had seen them around, you are welcome to have a look at the collection of plaques in the district.