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Armidale Memorial Fountain : feb 2014
Armidale Memorial Fountain : feb 2014

Photographs supplied by David Evans OAM / Roger Johnson

A fountain originally was erected to commemorate those (including 11 local nurses)  who served in Belgium, Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Rabaul and France during World War One.  It now commenorates those who have served in all the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

The war memorial, built by the citizens of Armidale, and constructed substantially of Uralla granite, was unveiled in the city park by the Governor. The memorial, which is in the form of a fountain, cost about £1500, and bears the names of 850 (sic) soldiers. The ceremony was witnessed by a large gathering, the guard of honour being provided by the 12th Light Horse. The flag of the 33rd, the Armidale battalion, was flown above the stage, and bore the names of the engagements in which the battalion participated-Messines, Ypres, Hangard. Villers Bretonneux, Malincourt, Bray sur Somme, Bois d'Accroché, and Bouchavesnes. Canon Riley, senlor naval Instructor (retired), said it was a fitting day for the ceremony, as on this day 117 years ago Nelson, at Trafalgar, made Britain mistress of the seas. (Applause.).

There was a memorial even more lasting than this hard granite-the hearts of the people-and even when this, stone became part of the dust the deeds on Gallipoli would be remembered. (Applause.) Sir Walter Davidson said that the flag of the battalion raised and trained here practically showed the history of the war in France. Messines was commenced with an explosion. The mine was laid by Australians, and it was an Australian professor who said the Germans would not counter-mlne there, because of the stratum of moving sand. That was Professor David, and he was right. (Applause.)
The Sydney Morning Herald. 23rd October 1922.

Location

Address:Barney Street, Central Park, Armidale, 2350
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.516056
Long: 151.665337
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 21st October, 1922
Front Inscription

(Base of Fountain)

ARMIDALE AND DISTRICT
LEST WE FORGET  1914 • 1918

RABUAL   FRANCE   PALESTINE  MESOPOTAMIA  BELGIUM  GALLIPOLI   EGYPT

(plaque)
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALL WOMEN WHO SERVED IN ALL WARS

(Middle of Fountain)
(names)

 

Left Side Inscription

Plaque :

Australia Remembers
1945 - 1995 

This plaque is a memorial to the men & women of Australia who paid the supreme sacrifice during World War II

Lest We Forget

Plaque :

In memory of Korea
1950 - 1956

Right Side Inscription

Plaque :

In memory of all who served Australia in war

Plaque :

In memory of Private W. J. Brett
Killed Vietnam 30 - 9 - 67

Lest We Forget

Plaque :

In memory of Lt. Michael Kenneth Housden Fussell
Bron 17 November 1983

Killed Afghanisatn - 27 November 2008

Lest We Forget

Source: MA,NRWM
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