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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:Princes Highway & Service Street, Bairnsdale, 3875
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.826548
Long: 147.628857
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Monument Designer:T. C. Inches (of Harry French, Architect)
Monument Manufacturer:W. Bird (Monumental Mason)


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


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 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



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 mobly striving fell, that we might live


Right Side Inscription

Erected by the citizens in honour of the District soldiers who fell in the

1914 - 1918

Lest we forget


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