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The monument commemorates those who have served in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The monument, in the form of a clocktower, originally commemorated those who died in service or were killed in action in World War One.  The monument was financed by public subscription, and was designed and constructed by monumental masons Melrose and Fenwick of Townsville.

The design had been finalised by September 1923, and the monument was completed by ANZAC Day 1924, when it was unveiled and dedicated by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Matthew Nathan.  The clock has been replaced by copper plaques bearing the badges of Australian fighting services. Around the outer perimeter of the memorial are 27 small plinths holding bronze plaques.

Those commemorated on the plinths are: 
Womens Auxiliary Returned Services League of Australia, B SQN 3RD Cavalry Regiment, 4 Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery, Royal Australian Regiment Association, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, RAAF Base Townsville.  RAF Squadrons: 31 (SAAF); 70; 138; 148; 178; 267; 301(Polish); 624, RAAF Association,  31st Battalion The Royal Queensland Regiment, Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers Assoc. Townsville, Townsville Exservice Women, Townsville RSL Sub Branch, British Commonwealth Occupation Forces Japan, National Servicemens Association of Australia, All Services Korea 1950-1957, 11th Australian Inf Bde and Attached Units Assoc.,  42nd Australian Inf Battalion Assoc. Townsville Branch,  ExPOW Assoc North Queensland Branch. Legacy, In memory of those who served with 29 Brigade 15BN 42BN 47BN 11FD COY RAE 7FD AMB, Disabled Sailors Soldiers and Airmens Assoc of Northern and Western Queensland,  Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia,  31st Infantry Battalion Association, Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, Seafarers Association of Townsville, The War Widows Guild of Australia (Queensland).



Address:The Strand, ANZAC Memorial Park, Townsville, 4810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.254934
Long: 146.821734
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict


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

Erected to the glorious memory of the brave men and boys of Townsville who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 - 1918

"The Moments pass ; but neèr shall die 
The Memory of our honoured Dead,
Who, marching whither Duty led, 
With Death met Immortality."

The Names of Those who paid the Price
For us, and for the Land we love,
Be Beacon-fires to all who move
On lowlier ways of sacrifice :

 P. F. Rowland.


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