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12-August-2016
12-August-2016

Photographs supplied by Erich Nussbaumer

Dongara War Memorial was relocated from Dongara Cemetery in 1938 and now commemorates Australian servicemen and women who have served in all wars and conflicts.

The memorial is an obelisk constructed of polished segmented grey and white granite which stands atop of a rough hewn granite base some 4.3 metres square. The obelisk is decorated with traditional wreath designs carved into opposite faces, beneath which are inscribed the twenty-five names of those who were killed in World War One. The memorial also contains the names of the fallen of World War Two.

The Memorial, paid for by Francis Pearse,was erected in 1922.  Francis Pearse was a local land holder and merchant of the area. Extremely wealthy he was a member of the Irwin Roads Board and an elder of the Wesley Church. In 1894 he built the 'The Royal Steam Roller Flour Mill' in Dongara which milled the produce of local Farmers until it closed in 1934.

On Sunday, October 22nd, one of the largest crowds for many years congregated to witness the unveiling of the monument, which has been erected as a tribute from the late Francis Pearse, in memory of the boys of the Irwin district who fell in the late war. The service was conducted by the Rev. F. Christensen and the Rev. E. Gill. The monument is of blue granite from Mundaring, and is 14ft. high. The Rev. F. Christensen called on Lieutenant I. C. Burges to perform the unveiling ceremony. Lieutenant Burges in a short address, spoke feelingly of the boys who had paid the supreme sacrifice, stating that out of 80 odd who enlisted, 25 names appeared on the column. Other speakers were Mr. Wood and Mr. E. Field, and Mrs. Waldeck sang "He Wipes a Tear from Every Eye." 
Geraldton Guardian (WA), 2 November 1922.

Location

Address:Moreton Terrace & Point Leander Drive, Dongara Memorial Park, Dongara, 6525
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.251493
Long: 114.935268
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

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

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 22nd October, 1922
Front Inscription

In Memory Of
The Sons Of
Dongarra (sic)
Who Fell In The
Great War
1914 - 1918
(names)

Right Side Inscription

IN MEMORIUM
1939-1945

(Names)

A TRIBUTE
From
FRANCIS PEARSE
RESIDENT OF
DONGARRA (sic)
1869 -1902
DIED 1ST NOV: 1919

Source: MA,SKP
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