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16-April-2014 (Graeme Saunders)
16-April-2014 (Graeme Saunders)

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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: -31.958187
Long: 115.860158
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

This Memorial Was Unveiled By His Excellency The Governor Sir Francis Newdegate K.C.M.G. 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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