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Memorial 2 : 18-December-2014
Memorial 2 : 18-December-2014

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Sandra Brown / Roger Johnson

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.

 

Location

Address:Main Street (Princes Highway), Median Strip near Service Street, Bairnsdale, 3875
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.826548
Long: 147.628857
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:T. C. Inches (of Harry French, Architect)
Monument Manufacturer:W. Bird (Monumental Mason)
Link:http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/vhd/…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 10th October, 1922
Front Inscription

MCMXIV - MCMXVIII

Their Name Liveth

Plaque :

World War II   1939 - 1945
Malaya            1948 - 1960
Korea              1950 - 1953
Borneo            1962 - 1966
Vietnam          1962 - 1973
Kuwait             1991

Plaque :

Lest We Forget
Our Comrades Who Remain On The Battlefield Of North Korea

Army
Army 1 - 2 - 3 RAR
[ Names ]
RAAF
RAAF - 77 Squadron
[ Names ]
RAN
RAN - Fleet Air Arm - 805 Squadron
[ Names ]
Missing In Action Their Souls Finding Their Way Home

This plaque was generously donated by Silver Lining Funerals as a community service project


 


 

Left Side Inscription

        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

 

Back Inscription

GREAT WAR

Hail : And Farewell
All Honour Give
To Those Who Nobly Striving Nobly Fell,
That We Might Live

 

Right Side Inscription

Erected By
The Citizens
In Honour Of
The District
Soldiers
Who Fell In
The Great War
1914 - 1918

Lest We Forget

 

Source: MA,VMR,SKP,VWHI
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