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Apple Tree Creek Digger Closeup
Apple Tree Creek Digger Closeup

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

The memorial commemorates the seventy-seven local men who served during World War One, including the fifteen who died. The seventy-seven men who volunteered from this district represented a substantial proportion of their generation and a movement to commemorate their participation began in 1917. The original Digger by A L Petrie & Son, Toowong, was vandalised and replaced by an obelisk. A new digger statue was unveiled by the Honourable Bruce Scott on the 18th August 1999.

Childers March 21 . A monumental honour roll was unveiled yesterday in the Apple Tree Creek Sports Ground as a memorial to soldiers who had enlisted from the district.  There were on the four marble slabs around the monument before them 77 names ; 15 of these brave lads had paid the supreme sacrifice, and their 15 names had been placed on the front slab facing the roadway. This front portion of the monument which was draped with the Union Jack would be first unveiled, and the committee had arranged that this should be done by the three trustees, two of whom were returned soldiers. The trustees were Sergeant R.S. Gant, Private H.T.B. Wood and Mr Newbigging, whose two sons were among the fallen. Private W. Trevor would act for Mr Newbigging.

The cost of the monument was about £230, and it was the intention of the committee to erect a neat enclosure, and as Appletree Creek had been allotted a machine gun as a war trophy; they would have same suitably mounted in the front so that a little, more money would be needed.
Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld), 23 March 1921.

Location

Address:Bruce Highway, Apple Tree Creek, 4660
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.219737
Long: 152.238915
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Monument Designer:A. L. Petrie (Toowong, QLD)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 20th March, 1921
Front Inscription

               ERECTED
                     BY THE
RESIDENTS OF APPLE TREE CREEK
IN RECOGNITION OF THOSE WHO
ENLISTED FROM APPLE TREE CREEK
AND MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
        IN THE GREAT WAR

                   1914 - 1919

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"

                (NAMES)

       (On Pedestal)

   APPLE TREE CREEK
     ROLL OF HONOUR

Left Side Inscription

      IN APPRECIATION OF
THE SERVICE OF THOSE WHO
ENLISTED FROM APPLE TREE CREEK
         IN THE GREAT WAR
                1914-1919
                 (NAMES)

Back Inscription

      IN APPRECIATION OF
THE SERVICE OF THOSE WHO
ENLISTED FROM APPLE TREE CREEK
         IN THE GREAT WAR
                1914-1919
                 (NAMES)

Right Side Inscription

            IN APPRECIATION OF
   THE SERVICE OF THOSE WHO
ENLISTED FROM APPLE TREE CREEK
         IN THE GREAT WAR
                   1914-1919
                     (NAMES)

Source: MIV,MA,QWMR
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