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Junee Reefs War Memorial : 09-October-2012
Junee Reefs War Memorial : 09-October-2012

Photographs supplied by Glen Yeomans

Junee Reefs World War One Monument commemorates those from the district who served in the First World War. 

Junee Reefs came into being as a mining centre some 40 years ago, and some good returns were won from the locality, particularly from the Dust Hole Reef. Today, like most of the goldfields of the early days, mining has ceased, and the settlers follow the plough or tend their flocks of sheep. Sunday saw 500 people assembled within the school ground of the old mining village to pay homage to the memory of the fallen heroes from that district who gave their lives in the great European war. It was fitting that the day chosen was Sunday, and that the ceremony of unveiling the handsome piece of statuary was a religious one. At 3 p.m. the open air service was begun after a few introductory remarks by the president of the Parents and Citizens' Association (Mr. M. J. Nash), by the Rev. Mr. Staples, assisted by Commandant M'Clure, of the Salvation Army.

The chairman then called upon Mrs. A. M. Middlebrook, widow of the late Mr. C. W. Middlebrook, who was master of the Junee Reefs school for so many years, to unveil the monument. The boys and girls of the Junee Reefs Junior Red Cross, neatly dressed, stood at attention as their former school mistress in a few well chosen words spoke of what the unveiling of the monument stood for. Then as she stepped forward the two Union Jacks were lowered revealing the handsome monument of five sections, the lower one broken then the centrepiece with its four sides of polished grey granite, surmounted by a life size marble statue of an Australian soldier standing at ease facing the east. As the veil was drawn a boy and girl in red cross uniforms stepped forward and placed a wreath at the base of the monument in memory of the fallen ex pupils of their school. The monument was prepared and erected by Turner and Sons, monumental masons of Goulburn.
Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW), 16 March 1921.

Location

Address:Junee Reefs Road , Ivor Hall, Junee Reefs, 2666
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.726269
Long: 147.618236
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Designer:Turner & Sons (Goulburn)

Dedication

Front Inscription

          Erected By
       Junee Reefs
         P & C Assn.
& District Residents
In Loving Memory Of
Our Fallen Heroes Who
Answered Duty`s Call In
The Great European War
            1914 - 19.
"They Freely Gave Their All "
          [ Names ]

          M. J. Nash
   President P & C Assn

Right Side Inscription

           A
      TRIBUTE
         OF
      HONOR
To The Brave Boys
Of This District
Who Answered
The Empires Call
And Fought For Us
    And Liberty
       In The
Great European War
      1914 - 19.

Source: MA
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