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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 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.


Address:The Esplanade, Cairns, 4870
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.917426
Long: 145.775356
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Manufacturer:Melrose & Fenwick (Townsville, QLD)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 25th April, 1926
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au