RSL memorials, cenotaphs and remembrance sites in the Gympie Region
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AMAMOOR | Amamoor State School Memorial Orchard
The orchard features twelve fruit tress (citrus, fig, stone fruit) as a living memorial to twelve men from the Mary Valley who did not return from WWI. Each tree is accompanied by a mounted plaque identifying the individuals they represent. The memorial also features timberwork from the district’s forests and the orchard entry is lined with Gallipoli Rosemary. The memorial honours: Thomas John Higgins, Brian Higgins, Frederick Harrison, Alfred Hester, James Jackson, William Saunders, Charles Clement Cavanagh, David McConnell, Roy Linden Farrell, Arthur Groves, C.G. Gordon and J.E. Mackie.
CEDAR POCKET | Roll of Honour Boards
Cedar Pocket Hall, Cedar Pocket Road, Cedar Pocket
COOLOOLA COVE | Cooloola Cove Vietnam War Memorial
Santa Maria Court, Cooloola Cove
GOOMBOORIAN | Goomboorian Memorial Hall
5 Ross Road, Goomboorian
GOOMBOORIAN | Standown Park Caravan Park
91 Radtke Road, Goomboorian
Erected in the Standown Caravan Park (Standown is a military term for ‘Rest/Relax’) is a hillside area with brick memorials purchased by family members. The memorial contains a waterfall with gardens and bricks containing the names of service personnel. Waterfall and Memorial Walk was constructed by Rod and Pam Elkington, 2012.
GOOMERI | Goomeri War Memorial Clock
Burnett Highway, Goomeri
Built 1940. Added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.
At the base are two polished granite plates. At the top of the tower is a 4 faced electric clock, illuminated at night, with the letters LEST WE FORGET (going clockwise). Fixed to the west face of the foundation and to the north face of the clocktower are metal components from Goomeri’s former war memorial.
GOOMERI | Hall of Memory
Boonara / McGregor Sts, Goomeri
Opened on 28 July 1926. The hall was built as a community space in honour and commemoration of those who served in World War I from the district. Since then, it has become a place of honour and dedication for all who served in subsequent wars.
GYMPIE | Fallen Soldiers Memorial Park and Band Stand
circled by River Road, Reef and Young Streets
The Memorial Park was officially opened in April 1921.
A memorial rock (half circle wall) is dedicated to those who served during the Korean, Malayan, Borneo and Vietnam conflicts. Lists names of two soldiers killed in action at Vietnam.
A second memorial rock is dedicated to all those who served in National Service.
GYMPIE | Memorial Flame
Reef Street end of Memorial Lane
Unveiled in 2000. During a short service a 6:00pm on the 24th April each year, the flame is lit, normally by a visiting dignitary, to burn for 36hrs for ANZAC Day. It is also lit to burn for 24hrs on the 11th November for Remembrance Day
GYMPIE | Fallen Soldiers Memorial Gates and Memorial Lane
Heritage listed gates unveiled in 1920 with columns that honour local soldiers who died during service in the Boer War (1899-1902) and The Great War (World War One, 1914-1918). Two more columns list the names of locals who died during World War Two, Vietnam and Afghanistan. The laneway features nine ceramic murals and brass plaques depicting the conflicts in which Australians have served. The laneway features memorial bricks, fixed to the walls displaying the details of those who have served and have since passed away. The number now stands at over 500.
Sandstone Pillars with Marble inserts with names as posts for Wrought Iron Gates. Built by George Rae (Brisbane, QLD) – Designer. A. L. Petrie & Sons (Toowong, QLD) – Builder
THE BOER WAR 1899 1902 (Names)
THE GREAT WAR 1914 1919 (Names )
ERECTED To The Memory Of Our FALLEN HEROES By Public Subscription
GYMPIE | Normanby Hill Remembrance Park, Southside
Officially opened in 1995 with two granite columns showing images of service personnel. There are 155 trees planted in the park with a plaque at the foot of each one showing the details of a local who died during service in World War Two.
GYMPIE | former City of Gympie War Memorial Pool , site now Skate Park, Nelson Reserve
River Road, Gympie
Opened 3 December 1960 by Governor of Queensland Sir Henry Abel Smith K.C.V.O. D.S.O.
GYMPIE | Gympie and District Honour Boards
RSL Gympie Sub-branch, Mary Street, Gympie
IMBIL | War Memorial ~ Monument, White Cross Clock Tower
Yabba Road, Imbil
Inscription: These men from the Mary Valley enlisted in World War II 1939-1945 and paid the supreme sacrifice for this country (names). Unveiled on 11 November 1997 by Mary Valley RSL Sub-Branch President Clive Colburn. Lest We Forget. Back Inscription: This monument was erected by the Lions Club of Gympie South.
IMBIL | Imbil Memorial Hall
127 Yabba Road, Imbil
Opened 13 November 1926.
Mary Valley RSL Wooden Honour Board inside lists enlistments WWII 1939-1945, Korean War, Vietnam War, East Timor. Board donated by Mr and Mrs G. Page, Pomona.
KANDANGA | War Memorial Monument, Memorial Park
Main Street, Kandanga
Dedicated in 1920, the life-size soldier monument stands on a typical Petrie base, looking down, with arms reversed. The slouch hat, with hair and chin strap visible, is different from all other Petrie memorials. An ammunition pouch is carved across his chest. Plaque: Erected by the residents of this District. In appreciation of those who sacrificed their lives in the Great War. 1914 – 1919. “Their name liveth for evermore.” Kandanga Roll of Honour 1939-1945. Built by A. L. Petrie & Sons.
KIA ORA | Kia Ora Memorial Hall
10 Johnson Road, Kia Ora
The Kia Ora Hall was built in 1948 and dedicated to those who served in the Second World War.
KILKIVAN | RSL Memorial Park and War Memorial
Wide Bay Highway, Blight Street and Park Street, Kilkivan
The Kilkivan RSL branch held a monthly meeting on 13 July 1929 and a discussion took place regarding a memorial park. “A piece of ground, about three quarters of an acre, has been given to the soldiers, and is situated opposite the Kilkivan railway station” (The Brisbane Courier, 25 July 1929).
The War Memorial commemorates the men and women from Kilkivan and District who served in the South African (Boer) War, World Wars One and Two, the Korean War, the Malaysian campaigns and the Vietnam War. Monument dedication date: Thursday 28th March, 1996. The basic design was submitted by Daniel Kiorgaard, a Year 6 Student of Kilkivan State School
LAGOON POCKET | Roll of Honour Board, Long Flat Hall
705 Mary Valley Road, Long Flat
Roll of Honour dedicated to World War II
LOWER WONGA | Lower Wonga & District Honour Boards & Memorial Rock Plaque
Lower Wonga Hall, 1046 Wide Bay Highway, Lower Wonga
MOOLOO & PIE CREEK | Pie Creek and Mooloo District Roll of Honour Boards
Pie Creek Hall, 488 Eel Creek Road, Pie Creek
RAINBOW BEACH | Cenotaph and Memorial Grounds
Lawrie Hanson Park, Kirchener Avenue, Rainbow Beach
In memory of those who gave their lives from the Great War onwards
Left Plaque Inscription: The citizens of Rainbow Beach pay tribute to those men and women who fought and served their country in time of war and conflict. Dedicated by Bruce Dorman. Unveiled by Col C. M. Townsend D.S.O. 18th August 2000. Right Inscription: Unveiled by Wg Cdr G. N. Davies CO 1 Sqn RAAF. Dedicated by Chaplain B Dorman. 25 Apr 2003
THEEBINE | Theebine Memorial Hall & Roll of Honour Board
6 Old Cleveland Road, Theebine
THEEBINE, MIVA | Miva, Theebine and Kanyan Roll of Honour Board
Mount Bauple Museum, Bauple Drive, Bauple
Wooden Honour Board: 1939 1945 Roll of Honour. Erected by Miva Rifle Club
TIN CAN BAY | RSL ANZAC Memorial Park and War Memorial
Gympie Road, Tin Can Bay
TIN CAN BAY | Tin Can Bay RSL Hall
45 Gympie Road, Tin Can Bay
TRAVESTON | Traveston Soldier’s Memorial Hall
7 Traveston Road, Traveston
Former Traveston Powder Magazine (Heritage listed). WWI and WWII Honour Boards. After mining declined, the powder magazines were closed and offered for sale in 1921. The Traveston and District Progress Association purchased the brick building for use as a soldier’s memorial hall from 1923. Officially opened as the Traveston Soldiers Memorial Hall on April 14, 1923.
Mr H.F. Walker, M.L.A., performed the ceremony of opening the newly-erected Soldiers’ Memorial Hall at Traveston last Saturday. Mr. Wm. Traveston (chairman of committee) acted as chairman. A varied programme of sports was subsequently carried out under the supervision of Mr. J. Twoomey, sen. In the evening a social was held, the dance music being supplied by Mrs. R. Kirsop (piano) and Mr. D. Gibson (violin). (Brisbane Courier, 20th April 1923)
WIDGEE | Widgee Memorial Hall and Widgee War Memorial
2148 Gympie Woolooga Road, Widgee
Erected through the determination of Vietnam veterans John Weber and Garry Edwards. Central cenotaph bearing the names of local residents who served their country in WWI, WWII and Vietnam.
WOLVI | Wolvi and District War Memorial Hall
1358 Kin Kin Road, Wolvi
Memorial hall established 1923
WOOLOOGA | Woolooga and District War Memorial and Memorial Park
Bauple-Woolooga Road, Woolooga
Shelter and brass plaques. Woolooga Pine Tree & Marble Plaque. Opened 11 November 1988 by Tom W McLucas B.E.M. Honour Roll, Left Side Inscription: 1914 – 1918, Names. In memory of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in other theatres of war: Korea – Malaya – Borneo – Vietnam – Iraq – East Timor – Afghanistan and peace keeping operations. “Their names liveth for ever more”. Officially opened 11 November 1988 by Tom W. McLucas B.E.M., R.S. L. of Australia President Wide Bay & Burnett Division Branch. Right Side Inscription : Service Women 1939 – 1945. This memorial was erected by Kilkivan Lions Club as a community service project. Australia Remembers. Planted by Fred McDonald, 1945 – 1995
WOOLOOGA |Woolooga and District Roll of Honour, Woolooga Community Hall
8 Thomas Street, Woolooga
Honour Rolls (WWI: beaten copper with brass name plates)
SCHOOL ROLL OF HONOUR BOARDS
One Mile State School
Two Mile State School