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A memorial clocktower commemorates those who died or were killed in World War One.

In 1923-24 a memorial clocktower was erected in the park, to the west of the bandstand. The memorial was financed by public subscription, and was designed and constructed by monumental masons Melrose and Fenwick of Townsville.

The design had been finalised by September 1923, and the monument was completed by ANZAC Day 1924, when it was unveiled and dedicated by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Matthew Nathan.

The clock has been replaced by copper plaques bearing the badges of Australian fighting services. Around the outer perimeter of the memorial are 27 small plinths holding bronze plaques.


Address:The Strand, ANZAC Park, Townsville, 4810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.254772
Long: 146.82184
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 Designer:Melrose & Fenwick


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 25th April, 1924
Front Inscription

Erected to the glorious memory of the brave men and boys of Townsville who gave thier lives in the Great War

1914 - 1918

"The moments pass ; but neèr shall die
the memory of our honoured dead,
Who, marching whither duty led,
with 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 :

P. F. Rowland.

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