Kearsley’s George Jeffery Park Named

Filed under Cessnock LGA, Heritage & Historical ~ by Press on  4 Jul 2019

Erosion of Stockton Bight shoreline following a severe yet typical mid-winter Hunter storm. Photographed on Sunday, 20th June, 1948

The park formally known as Jeffery Park was packed with  family and community members to celebrate the official renaming to George Jeffery Park.

In late 2017 Council received a number of submissions from family members of Sergeant George Jeffery to formally dedicate Jeffery Park, Kearsley, to George Jeffery Park.

The name commemorates Sergeant Jeffrey who served in the Australian Army and saw active service in Gallipoli with the 6th Battalion, No. 686.

After discharge from the Army Mr Jeffery and his family moved to Kearsley.

Mr Jeffery was a tireless worker for the Kearsley Soccer Club, developing the soccer grounds with a shovel and wheelbarrow in hand. Mr Jeffery held various positions on the committee, played, managed and coached up until his death in 1951.

Coinciding with the renaming of the park Council installed commemorative signage showcasing the man behind the name and his contributions to the Kearsley community. Family member, Allan Creswell, shared a few words and helped with the official ribbon cutting.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said he was proud to be a part of this process.

It was great to be a part of the ribbon cutting surrounded by friends and family of this Kearsley icon.

This sign will allow for future generations to see what a great community member Mr Jeffery was and how he contributed to this important community space.”

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