The Newcastle War Memorial Cultural Centre was originally the home of the city’s public library, art gallery and conservatorium of music. It was opened in October 1957. The Cultural Centre was designed to be a war memorial of architectural beauty and of practical cultural use to the community.
The Centre features two statues in the foyer. They were designed by Lyndon Dadswell. Dadswell won a design competition to find a sculpture which would represent "youth emerging from the conflict of war and looking with hope and courage to the future." The 3.3 metre bronze statues are of a man and a woman with heads upturned and a broken sword at their feet. The inscription on the foyer wall was the result of yet another competition won by Jessie Sheridan-McLoughlin of Cessnock. The inscription set above the heads of the bronze figures reads:
In minds enobled here,
the noble dead shall live.