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The Bairnsdale Cenotaph commemorates servicemen and women who have served in conflicts in which Australia has been involved.
The Cenotaph was originally erected to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War One and was unveiled by the Governor General Lord Forster on the 10th October 1922. A plaque has been added to the memorial to commemorate later conflicts.
Lord Forster, the Governor-General, and Lady Forster, visited Bairnsdale on Tuesday afternoon to unveil two war memorials. The first ceremony was at the cenotaph in Main-street, erected to the memory of the fallen men of the shire. There was a large attendance of township people and country residents. Mr. A. Lloyd, hon. secretary of the memorial committee, in handing over the cenotaph to the care and custody of the Shire Council, said when laying the foundation stone a casket had been placed in a recess. It contained two parchments, one having the names of the men of the shire who had seen service in the war, numbering 900; and the other the names of the fallen 171, including one nurse. The cenotaph cost over £700, and is a simple but chaste memorial.
Gippsland Times (Vic), 12 October 1922.
|Address:||Main Street, Near Service Street, Bairnsdale, 3875|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.826442|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||T.C.Inches (of Harry French, Architect)|
|Monument Manufacturer:||W.Bird (Monumental Mason)|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Tuesday 10th October, 1922|
MCMXIV - MCMXVIII
THEIR NAME LIVETH
WORLD WAR II 1939 - 1945
MALAYA 1948 - 1960
KOREA 1950 - 1953
BORNEO 1962 - 1966
VIETNAM 1962 - 1973
Lest We Forget
Our comrades who remain on the battlefield of North Korea
Army 1 - 2 - 3 RAR
[ Names ]
RAAF - 77 Squadron
[ Names ]
RAN - Fleet air Arm - 805 Squadron
[ Names ]
Missing in action their souls finding their way home
This plaque was generously donayed by Silver Lining Funerals as a community service project
THIS MONUMENT COMMEMORATES THOSE FROM THE BAIRNSDALE DISTRICT WHO AT THE CALL OF KING AND COUNTRY LEFT ALL THAT WAS DEAR TO THEM
ENDURED HARDNESS FACED DANGERS AND FINALLY PASSED OUT OF THE SIGHT OF MEN BY THE PATH OF DUTY AND SELF-SACRIFICE
GIVING UP THEIR OWN LIVES THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM
HAIL: AND FAREWELL ALL HONOUR GIVE TO THOSE WHO NOBLY STRIVING NOBLY FELL, THAT WE MIGHT LIVE
ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS IN HONOUR OF THE DISTRICT SOLDIERS WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
LEST WE FORGET