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18-May-2015
18-May-2015

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The Bridge Creek (Brooweena) War Memorial Bridge honours the nine local men who died during World War One.  Although there are many different types of memorials throughout Queensland, this is the only known example of a memorial bridge.

The bridge was officially opened in 1921 by local clergyman the Reverend Hardingham.  Mrs. A. Brown, whose son was among the fallen, performed the unveiling of the honour roll.  The bridge was designed and funded by Mr L.S. Smith of Mount Joseph station and, apart from the masonry piers, was constructed by his station hands, some of whom were returned soldiers.

At the last monthly meeting of the Woocoo Shire Council, a most agreebale surprise was experienced by the Councillors when the following letter from Mr Lawrence S. Smith, Mt Joseph, Brooweena was read : -

"Sir, I wish to get permission from your local council to construct a bridge over the small creek near Mt Joseph, on the ten chain road just above the present bridge. The structure would have four girders resting on sills at each end, which would be on top of a concrete wall. The bridge would be built very substantially and in keeping with the object it is intended for, viz., a memorial to all soldiers who went from Woocoo and fell the late war. It would be railed with concrete pillars on each corner, in one of which would be a marble slab bearing the names of the boys who fell. Hoping you will see your way to grant this request. — Yours faithfully, Laurence S. Smith." This splendid offer needless to say was gratefully accepted by the Council. 
Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld), 14 August 1920. 

Location

Address:Brooweena - Woolooga Road, 21 kilometres south of Brooweena, Gigoomgan, 4620
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.737937
Long: 152.234855
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Manufacturer:L. S. Smith; piers, F. W. Webb

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 21st May, 1921
Front Inscription

MEMORIAL BRIDGE

IN QUEENSLAND THIS IS THE ONLY BRIDGE ERECTED PRIVATELY AS A WORLD WAR 1. MEMORIAL

IT WAS DECLARED OPEN By THE REV JAMES HARDINGHAM

IT WAS CLOSED TO TRAFFIC 16TH JUNE 1972 
Tablet Donated By Mt. Joseph

 

Left Side Inscription

(Left Pillar Front)

Peace Proclaimed
28 June 1919

(Back Left Pillar)

A TRIBUTE OF RESPECT TO RETURNED SOLDIERS OF THE A.I.F WHO ENLISTED FROM WOOCOO SHIRE
1914 -1918.
(Names)

Right Side Inscription

(Right Pillar Front)

WAR DECLARED
AUGUST 4, 1914

(Right Pillar Back)
 
TO THE HONOUR AND MEMORY OF A.I.F.SOLDIERS FROM WOOCOO SHIRE WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 -1918.
(NAMES)

THEY GAVE THEIR LIFE THEIR ALL FOR OUR FREEDOM FORGET NOT THEIR SACRIFICE.

Built & Dedicated By Mt Joseph Friends
1920  


 

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