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A monument commemorates members of the Order who died in service or were killed in action in World Wars One and Two. No individual names are shown on the memorial. The memorial was originally unveiled by his Excellency the Governor Sir Francis Newdegate in memory of members who served in World War One. 

The International Order of Good Templars was formed in 1851 in America as a temperance and philosophical society.  In Western Australia the Order was already established by the 1870s and in 1874 the Reverend William Traylen,Wesleyan Minister of York established a Chapter in Northam with the assistance of George Throssel, a Northam identity.

Perth had Chapters in most suburbs and in January 1878, the Order held what was described as " a monster demonstration" in the Perth Town Hall. The organisation continued to grow with Chapters being established in most country towns. After World War Two membership gradually decreased until, in 1965, the order in Western Australia was wound up and the assets given to the Western Australia Temperance Alliance.



Address:Barrack Street, Supreme Court Gardens , Perth, 6000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.95703
Long: 115.859599
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 12th March, 1922
Front Inscription

Holy Bible
Truth, Love, and Purity.

Erected By
West Australian Members
Of The
International Order Of
Good Templars
In Memory Of
Their Brethren Who Fell
In The Great War
1914 - 1918
And For Those Who Served
In And For
The Great War Of
1939 - 1945
Greater Love Hath No Man
Than This, That A Man Lay
Down His Life For His Friends.

Left Side Inscription

Intrepid Sons - Ye Slight Not Life
To God And Nature True ;
But Death, Becoming Death, Is
Dearer Far,
When Duty Bids You Bleed
In Open War ;
Hence Hath Your Powers
Quelled That Impious Crew 
Heroes, For Instant Sacrifice
Prepared ;
To You We Raise This Monument.


Back Inscription

     Memorial Was Unveiled
             His Excellency
             The Governor
       Sir Francis Newdegate
    On 12th March 1922.
    Bro. F. W. Lovell G.C.T.
Bro. G. A. Jamieson G. Sec.

Right Side Inscription

          I. O. G. T.
Juvenile Members Assist In
This Tribute Of Gratitude
To Their Elder Brethren
        Who Fell.
Their Duty Nobly Done.

"They Fought That We
         Might Live."

Source: MA,SKP
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