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Coburg War Memorial
Coburg War Memorial

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The memorial commemorates those who have served in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The memorial was originally unveiled in memory of those who served in World War One. 

In November 1923 the Coburg Branch of the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia successfully sought permission from the Coburg City Council to put a soldiers memorial in front of the new City Hall. A cenotaph in the shape of a cairn formed from Harcourt granite was unveiled in 1924.

It has since been rededicated to the Second World War, Korea, Borneo, Malay, Vietnam and UN Peacekeeping missions. 

More than 4000 people attended the unveiling of the memorial to fallen soldiers in front of Coburg municipal buildings, in Bell-street, yesterday, afternoon. Among those were the Coburg and Mrs. G. A. Brown, and Messrs. F. Anstey, M.P., and T. Ryan, M.L.A. The memorial, which was erected at a cost of £100, consists of a massive block of polished granite, of cenotaph design. It was unveiled by Sir James Barrett, who said the monument was "a rock of remembrance." It had been placed in position as a tribute to the noble men who had gone from Coburg to fight for King and country, many of whom had sacrificed their lives. The memorial was dedicated by Rev. John Mathew, Moderator-General of the Presbyterian Church. Among those who took part in the service were Revs. W. Clarke Hudson (Anglican), C. R. Andrews (Presbyterian), Ensign M'Coy (Salvation Army), Chaplain J. C. F. Pitman, and Messrs. N. L. Martin, president of the local branch of the Returned Soldiers' League; and Turnbull, of the parent body. The Coburg City Band supplied the music.  A party of returned soldiers fired three volleys, and The Last Post was sounded by Bugler-Corporal Taylor, 37th Battalion, A.I.F. In the evening a parade of soldiers was held at the Presbyterian church in Sydney-road.
Age (Melbourne),  28 April 1924.

Location

Address:Bell Street, Coburg City Hall, Coburg, 3058
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.741403
Long: 144.969201
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 25th April, 1924
Front Inscription

To The Glory Of God
The Honour Of
The Australian Forces
And The Enduring Memory
— Of  —
Our Comrades
Who Fell In The Great War

" Have regard to thy name."
Rudyard Kipling.

Erected Through The Efforts Of
The Coburg Branch R.S. & S. I. L. A.
ANZAC Day 1924

Vietnam

1914 - 1918
 

Left Side Inscription

South African Boer War
1899 - 1902
Indonesian Confronttion
1963 - 1966
Gulf War
1990 - 1991
East Timor
1999 -
Afghanistan
2002 -
Iraq
2003 - 2009

Borneo / Malaya

Gallipoli

Back Inscription

Australia Remembers
1945 - 1995
In Honour Of
The Men And Women
Who Served Australia
Lest We Forget

World War II
We Will Remember Them

Korea

France

 

 

Right Side Inscription

Plaque:
Presented to
Moreland City Council
By the
Victorian Vietnam Veterans Community
in Commemoration of the
40th Anniversary of the
Battle of Long Tan - 18th August 2006. 

Peacekeepers

Palestine

Source: MA,RSLV,VMR,SKP
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