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Qld Railways Roll of Honour Top Section
Qld Railways Roll of Honour Top Section

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A magnificent wooden Honour board at the north end of the station pays tribute to the role of Toowoomba railway workers who served in World War One. The impressive Honour Board is now in place on the platform listing 560 names of Queensland railwaymen who enlisted. It was crafted at the North Ipswich railway workshops, and unveiled by Commissioner Charles Evans, a former Toowoomba railwayman himself. Such is its significance that this Honour Board is listed by the Australian Heritage Commission.

During World War One, Prime Minister Billy Hughes spoke to crowds at the station on 15th October 1916 when seeking reinforcements for the soldiers fighting overseas.

The unveiling of the Honour Board on which appear the names of 209 railway employees within a radius extending from Helidon to Toowoomba, Toowoomba to Chinchilla, Toowoomba to Clifton, and the adjacent branch lines, was performed yesterday afternoon at the Toowoomba railway station by the Commissioner (Colonel Charles Evans, C.M.G.), in the presence of a very large and representative gathering. 

The board has been placed near No. 2 platform, in such a position that it can easily be viewed. Its construction, carried out at the Ipswich Work shops, to the design of Mr. Vincent Price (brother ol Mr. Edmund Price of this city), who is the architect in charge of the department, in Brisbane, is a really fine piece of work. One of the features is the magnificent carving on the top the British coat of arms, standing out conspicuously. The effect is most striking, and the large board should admirably fulfil the worthy purpose for which it is erected. 
Darling Downs Gazette (Qld), 15 April 1918.

 

Location

Address:Railway Street, Railway Station, Toowoomba, 4350
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.557129
Long: 151.951515
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Honour Roll
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Designer:Mr Vincent Price
Monument Manufacturer:Ipswich Railway Workshops
Link:http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/heritage…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 14th April, 1918
Front Inscription

                 ROLL OF HONOUR

1914    QUEENSLAND RAILWAYS 1919
              TOOWOOMBA EMPLOYEES   

                     (Names)

 

(plaque)

THIS HONOUR BOARD WAS UNVEILED
                         BY

    Col. CHARLES EVANS C.M.C.
COMMISSIONER FOR RAILWAYS
          On the 14th APRIL 1918.

 

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