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Kurrajong Memorial : 05-August-2009
Kurrajong Memorial : 05-August-2009

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Glen Yeomans

Memorial to the men of Inverell and districts known as "The Kurrajongs" who were the largest single contingent of men to leave a country town to enlist.

In January 1916 a group of 114 men left Inverell to fight in World War One. The group was named ‘The Kurrajongs', taking the name of the hardy evergreen Australian tree.

The Kurrajongs march was one of a number of ‘snowball' recruitment marches fashioned on the famous Coo-ee recruiting march of 1915. The aim of these marches was to attract volunteers, starting with a nucleus of men and growing as the group travelled through the towns along their route.

Travelling by train and visiting the neigbouring towns of Warialda and Moree, their numbers swelled to 150 by the time they reached the Narrabri Army Depot Camp. Most of the men subsequently enlisted in the 33rd Battalion AIF being raised at Armidale NSW at the time.



Address:Gwydir Highway, The George Cartwright VC Reserve, Inverell, 2360
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.781359
Long: 151.123469
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 25th April, 2005
Front Inscription

Plaque 1


On 12 January 1916 one hundred and fourteen men left Inverell to fight in World War 1.  This group christened "The Kurrajongs" after the hardy evergreen native tree dotting the district was the largest single contingent of volunteers to leave a country town.  The local newspaper of the time referred to the event as "probably the proudest day in Inverell`s history".

After attracting further recruits from the neighbouring towns of Warialda and Moree, the majority of the "Kurrajongs" were absorbed into the 33rd Battalion AIF then being raised in Armidale.  After initial training in Armidale, Rutherford and England, the 33rd Battalion crossed the English Channel in November 1916 and landed in France.

Many of the "Kurrajongs" made the ultimate sacrifice.  Look around you.  Each Kurrajong tree in the grove is a living memorial to a citizen from the Inverell district who did not return from the Great War of 1914-18.  Look at these trees ; at the grass and the sky and the rolling hills and remember.

Plaque 2

This parade of Kurrajong trees was originally planted in 1919.  Each of the 178 Kurrajong trees represent a soldier from the Inverell district who gave his life during the great war of 1914-1918.  It was decided by the local council to honour those who did not return, as their relatives would not be able to visit their graves in such far off lands.  It was hoped that Kurrajong Parade would keep green the memory of those who had fallen.  


Plaque 3

The 105mm German Howitzer located immediately behind you was one of thousands produced in the closing year of the Great War.  As a piece of field artillery, it was used to soften targets prior to assault.  It could also be used as a defensive weapon, to repel attacks.  But the gun that stands in this park is more than that.  In August of 1918, troops of the Australian 33rd Battalion, which included members of the original Kurrajongs, engaged the Germans at Bois D`Accroche on the Western Front.  The fighting was ferocious and British forces on the left flank were brought to a standstill by tenacious German forces within the woods.  The Australians moved left and were able to capture the guns, one of  which is the howitzer in this park.



Inscription in Proximity

        The redevelopment of
       Kurrajong Parade
          was officially opened on
ANZAC Day 25th of April 2005
    Brigadier Gary Bannister,
Chief of Staff Joint Logistics Command.

The Apex Club of Inverell would like to thank the following organisations who have kindly contributed.  
Inverell Shire Council.  Inverell R.S.L. Sub-Branch.  National Servicemans Association Inverell Branch.  Boral Concrete - Inverell.  Boral Masonary.  Neumans Steel/Inverell Steel Supplies.  M and S Moses Transport.  Harris Seeds.  Doug Higgins - bricklayer.  Watkins Contractors and Landscape Supplies.  Laurence and Hanson. Danthonia Designs.  McLachlans Smash Repairs

Source: MA
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