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15-March-2016
15-March-2016

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Bourke & District War Memorial was originally erected in memory of those from the district who served in World War One. The memorial has been expanded to include five pillars which were unveiled in 1984 to commemorate other conflcts in which Australia has been involved. The Boer War plaques were placed on the memorial on Anzac Day 1998.

Additonal features honour serviceman from the RAAF and the Women's services. Memorial gates are at the entrance to the park and lead to the war memorial.

We learn that the unveiling of the Bourke Soldiers' Memorial will probably take place in May, on a date yet to be fixed. The Committee, Messrs Bloxham (President), Rice, Jos. Maxwell, W. Thorne, Hales (Hon Treasurer) and the late Mr. Corcoran, with Mr. Main as supervising and architect, have been working quietly and unostentatiously for a long time past, and as the result of their labors Contractor, Mr. C. J. Shakespeare, of Wellington, is expected to have the Monument erected shortly. We hear, unofficially that Major General Cox. would be pleased to attend and perform the opening ceremony, and that many other visitors may be expected, also. The Monument will, from what we have seen of the plans, be a plain and substantial column of granite on two sides of the base of which will be inscribed the names of all who enlisted from Bourke, to the number of 261. On another side will be the names of those who enlisted from the Byrock district, and on the fourth side the names of all those who made the supreme sacrifice. It will be erected in the south west corner of the Bourke park, opposite the Court House. 
Western Herald (Bourke, NSW), 23 April 1924.


The Bourke Soldiers' Memorial was unveiled on Sunday afternoon by Brigadier General Cox. Addresses were delivered by General Cox, the Mayor of Bourke, chairman of the Memorial Committee, the clergy, and Mr. B. J. Doe, M.L.A. The contractor for the memorial is Mr. C. J. Shakespeare, of Wellington, and the estimated cost about £544.
Western Age (Dubbo, NSW), 30 May 1924.

Location

Address:Oxley & Richard Streets (Mitchell Highway), Central Park , Bourke, 2840
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.089928
Long: 145.937751
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:Mr Main (architect)
Monument Manufacturer:Mr.C.J. Shakespeare (Wellington)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 25th May, 1924
Front Inscription

Plaque:
BOER WAR 1898 -1902
(Names) 
Plaque: 
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF 
OUR BRAVE BOYS WHO PAID THE SUPREME
SACRIFICE IN SERVING THEIR KING AND COUNTRY 
DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918.  

Plaque:
DIED 
(Names) 

(Front Pillar)
ROLL OF HONOUR 
LEST WE FORGET 
THE FIVE PILLARS SURROUNDING THIS MEMORIAL WERE ERECTED IN EVERLASTING MEMORY OF THOSE CITIZENS OF BOURKE AND DISTRICT WHO SERVED THEIR SOVEREIGN AND COUNTRY IN WW11. KOREA AND VIETNAM. 
And Were Unveiled By 
HIS EXCELLENCY 
AIR MARSHAL SIR JAMES ROWLAND 
K.B.E., D.F.C., A.F.C., K.St.J.
GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES 
ON 2nd November, 1984.

Plaque:
The Central Pillar Was Erected In Dedication To
All Who Served During
1914-1918 War
And Was Unveiled By
Brigadier General C.F. Cox
25 May 1924
.............................
The Plaques recording Those Who Served During
The Boer War 1898 -1902 From The Bourke District
Were Place On Anzac Day 1998

Jointly Sponsored By The Department Of 
Veteran Affairs And The Council Of 
The Shire Of Bourke

Plaque:
REMEMBRANCE
This Plaque Was Placed To
Commemorate The Seventy Fifth
Anniversary Of The 
Anzac Landing At Gallipoli
25th April 1990


 

Left Side Inscription
Plaque:
BOER WAR 1898 -1902
(Names) 
Plaque:
ROLL OF HONOR 
(Names) 
Back Inscription
Plaque:
BOER WAR 1898 -1902
(Names) 
Plaque:
ROLL OF HONOR 
(Names) 
Plaque:
‚Äč(Names)
ENLISTED FROM BYROCK
(Names)
Right Side Inscription
Plaque:
BOER WAR 1898 -1902
(Names) 
Plaque:
ROLL OF HONOR 
(Names) 
Source: MA
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