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Briagolong War Memorial
Briagolong War Memorial

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Chris McLaughlin

The War Memorial commemorates those who served in World Wars One and Two.  Originally erected to commemorate those who served in World War One, two smaller obelisks were placed on either side of the memorial at a later date to commemorate those who served and those who died in World War Two.

The memorial is located in Anzac Park which was officially named during the unveiling ceremony. 

A marble tablet was placed on the memorial on Anzac Day 1924 as a tribute to Mrs. Mills for her work with the soldiers during the Great War. Mrs Mills originally unveiled the war memorial. On the tablet are inscribed the words "Friend of the Soldiers." 

The memorial was officially unveiled on the 29th January 1921 by Mrs Mills in front of a large gathering. In the cavity of the die stone of the pedestal a document had been placed in a leaden casket and hermetically sealed. The words contained in the document are :-

"This monument was erected by the people of Briagolong in memory of the brave lads of this district who took part in the Great European War, 1914-19. The following committee carried out this work: Cr. Noble, G. O. Bennett, T.X. Feely, R. W. Noble, G. Atkinson, W. E. Kelly, A. J. Bryant, Mesdames R. Linaker, R. M'Innes, B. Short, with Cr. Kelly president; F. Hickey, treasurer; A. Bennett, hon. secretary; T. Rayment, original hon. secretary." Briagolong, Dec. A.D. 1920, in the reign of George V., King of Great Britain and Ireland, and of the Dominions beyond the seas."
Gippsland Times, 31 January 1931. 



Address:Avon Street, ANZAC Park, Briagolong, 3860
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.843356
Long: 147.070642
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 29th January, 1921
Front Inscription

To Commemorate The
Action Of The Men
Who Took Part In The
Great European War
1914 – 1919.
This Stone Was Erected

(lower tablet) 

This Tablet Is Erected
As a Tribute
To A Friend Of The Soldiers
Mrs John Mills
Who Unveiled This Monument
January 1921.

Left Side Inscription

  (on memorial)

Killed In Action
Our Lives Were Given
That You Might Be Free


    (left pillar )

Our Immortal Dead


Right Side Inscription

(on memorial)

Returned Men
Who Fought In Freedom`s Cause

(right pillar) 

A Grateful Tribute
To The Gallant
Men And Women
Who Gave
Glorious Service
In The War For
World`s Freedom
1939 - 1945

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