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23-May-2014
23-May-2014

Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland

The memorial is a marble statue of a World War One soldier standing at attention which commemorates the 39 local men who served in World War One.

A social was held in the Athenaeum Hall, under the auspices of the fallen Soldiers' Memorial Committee, to terminate the functions of the committee, and also to allow the public of Waratah to express in a practical manner their appreciation of the efforts of the ladies' committee and the hon. sec., Mr. Baly. In May, 1919, a public meeting was held in St. James Hall, Senator J. D Millen presiding. An executive committee was formed to carry out the erection of a suitable monument and to raise the necessary funds.

Early in 1920, a contract was entered into with S. P. Wilmot, of Launceston, for the construction and erection of the memorial, and on March 1 of that year the foundation stone was laid by General Birdwood. The complete memorial was unveiled by Colonel Rafferty on 16th July, 1920, and when one takes into consideration that several towns much larger, and more prosperous than Waratah have only just commenced their memorials the community should be proud of its achievement, which was mainly due to the zealous efforts of our capable secretary, Mr. Baly. The total cost of the memorial was £334/2/-.
Advocate (Burnie) 3rd January 1924.

Location

Address:Main Street, Waratah, 7321
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.44185
Long: 145.526657
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Monument Manufacturer:S.P. Wilmot (Launceston,TAS)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 16th July, 1920
Front Inscription

Gallipoli

AIF 

Their fame shall live for ever

Note : the “Tasmanian War Memorials Data Base” , compiled by Fred Thornett which is located at the State Library of Tasmania, contains a comprehensive listing of the names on this monument. 

Left Side Inscription

Belgium

[ Names ]

Back Inscription

Egypt

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Right Side Inscription

Belgium

[ Names ]

Source: MA,SKP,TWM
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