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11-October-2014
11-October-2014

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A statue commemorates Major General Sir Thomas William Glasgow who was a soldier and politician.

Sir Thomas William Glasgow (1876-1955) was an effective and widely regarded Australian divisional commander during World War One. Glasgow earned distinction when leading the Australian assault on Dead Man's Ridge at Gallipoli , of which he was one of only 46 to emerge unwounded (out of 200).

In March 1916 he was appointed commander of 13th Infantry Brigade, which saw service at Mouquet Farm, Messines and Polygon Wood among others. Glasgow's post-war career was similarly extensive.

He served as a Nationalist in the Australian Senate from 1919, accepting appointments as Minister for Home and Territories in 1926 and as Minister of Defence between 1927-29. In 1939 Glasgow was appointed Australia's first High Commissioner to Canada. Upon his death in Brisbane on 4 July 1955 at the age of 79 he was afforded a state funeral.

Location

Address:Adelaide Street, Post Office Square, Brisbane, 4000
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.467126
Long: 153.027199
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Monument Designer:Daphne Mayo
Monument Manufacturer:Foundaria Natistica, Battaglia, Milan, Italy

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 11th November, 1966
Front Inscription

       MAJOR-GENERAL
THE HONOURABLE SIR WILLIAM GLASGOW
K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D., C de G.
           1876 - 1955

Left Side Inscription

Of strong though not heavy build and of energetic demeanor Glasgow succeeded not so much by exceptional mental gifts or by tactical skill of any high order as by his personal driving force and determination which impressed themselves on all his subordinates.

He always got where he wanted to get was consistently loyal to the Australian ideal and intensely proud of the Australian soldier.

Sir John Monash, Commander in Chief, AIF. 1918.

Back Inscription

MAJOR-GENERAL THE HONOURABLE SIR WILLIAM GLASGOW K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D., C de G.

A distinguished son of Queensland who for his integrity and courage in the service of his country on the battlefields of South Africa, Gallipoli and France and later through service in the Federal Parliament and as High Commissioner for Australia in Canada won the deep respect and affection of his fellow countrymen, who have joined to erect this monument

Right Side Inscription

SERVICE RECORD
Boer War 1899 - 1902
First World War Gallipoli and France 1914 - 1918
Federal Parliament Minister for Home Affairs and Defence 1920 - 1932
High Commissioner for Australia in Canada 1940 - 1945

Unveiled by the Rt. Hon. Sir Arthur Fadden, PC on 11 Nov. 1966.

Source: MA
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