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Cairns Sailors and Soldiers War Memorial Digger
Cairns Sailors and Soldiers War Memorial Digger

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

The Sailors` and Soldiers` War Memorial is a clock tower surmounted by a statue of a `digger` which was erected in memory of the fallen of World War One. The names of two women appear on the list of the fallen. Originally the memorial had a 4-faced electric clock, which served as the town clock however the clock is now missing and clock dials have since been painted to represent 4.28am, the time of the original landing of the ANZACS on Gallipoli. The memorial was the most costly World War One memorial in Queensland.

The memorial was relocated to its present position in 1972. 

The memorial was unveiled on Anzac Day 1926 by His Worship, The Mayor of Cairns, Alderman A.J.Draper. The cost of the memorial which was erected by Melrose and Fenwick was £2074. After the day portion of the ceremony was completed at 9pm that night the "Last Post" was sounded by Bugler H Brown, a native of the Etheridge District, in front of a silent crowd of between 600 and 700 persons.
Townsville Daily Bulletin, 29th April 1926.

Location

Address:The Esplanade, Cairns, 4870
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.917426
Long: 145.775356
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Manufacturer:Melrose & Fenwick (Townsville, QLD)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 25th April, 1926
Front Inscription
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
(NAMES)
Left Side Inscription
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS 
(NAMES)
Back Inscription

TO THE SACRED MEMORY 
OF THOSE WHO ENLISTED FROM
CAIRNS AND MADE THE 
SUPREME SACRIFICE.
IN THE GREAT WAR 
1914 - 1918 

THE MOMENTS PASS BUT NE'ER SHALL DIE 
THE MEMORY OF OUR HONOURED DEAD.
WHO MARCHIMG WITHER DUTY LEAD
WITH DEATH DEATH, MET IMMORTALITY.

THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO PAID THE PRICE FOR US
AND FOR THE LAND WE LOVE.
BE BEACON FIRES TO ALL WHO MOVE 
ON LOWLIER WAYS OF SACRIFICE. 




 

Right Side Inscription
HOW SLEEP THE BRAVE WHO SINK TO REST
BY ALL THEIR COUNTRY'S WISHES BLEST.
(NAMES)
Source: MIV,SKP,QWMR,MA
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