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Western Suburbs War Memorial Digger Statue
Western Suburbs War Memorial Digger Statue

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

Western Suburbs War Memorial includes a Digger statue and was originally located at the intersection of Brisbane and Burnett Streets. The memorial was relocated to its current location in Baines Park circa 1967. The original Digger was vandalised and replaced on the 8th November 2003.

The foundation stone was laid by the Mayoress Mrs Pearson W Campbell on the 11th November 1917 who was presented with a silver trowel as a memento of the occasion. Stirring addresses emphasing the need for reinforcements were delivered by the Reverend B. Frederick, Mr W.H. Summerville and Sergeant O'Farrell. The Model Band played selections.
The Brisbane Courier, 12th November 1917.

The efforts of the committee representing the western suburbs to fittingly commemorate the action of the brave men who have left that part of the city in order to take their part in the great struggle have resulted in the erection of a beautiful honour stone, on which are inscribed the names of 129 of the men who had enlisted up to the time the work was completed, and on which several names have yet to be added. The ceremony of unveiling the stone took place last Saturday afternoon, in the presence of a large number of residents of the city and several visitors. Mjr. H. B. Carter (Chairman of Ihe Returned Soldiers' Residential Club, Brisbane) performed the actual ceremony, and speeches were given by others. 
Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld), 17 December 1917.

 

Location

Address:112 Limestone Street, Baines Park, West Ipswich, 4305
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.616073
Long: 152.753678
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:F Williams & Co

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 15th December, 1917
Front Inscription

    FOR KING & COUNTRY

     OUR BOYS

           The
     Great War
   1914 - 1919

     HONOUR

 WESTERN SUBURBS
  HONOUR ROLL

      (Names)

 

(Base Plaque)

This Foundation Stone Was Laid
By The MAYORESS

Mrs PEARSON W CAMERON
  Nov. 3.1917.

Inscription in Proximity

This plaque commemorates the completion of the restoration works and the Dedication of the new 'Digger'  for the WESTERN SUBURBS MEMORIAL 8 November 2003  by Mr. G.W. (Bill) Mason State President The Returned Services League of Australia (qld Branch) in conjunction with The Western Suburbs Honour Stone Committee
he Heritage Monuments and Memorials Committee Ipswich City Council

Source: MIV,SKP,QWMR, MA
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