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Municipality of Brighton War Memorial
Municipality of Brighton War Memorial

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The monument commemorates those from the Municipality of Brighton who have served in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

It was originally erected to commemorate those who served in World War One. The foundation stone was laid by the Premier on the 16th August 1920 and unveiled by the Governor on the 30th May 1921.

In order to fittingly commemorate the patriotism displayed by the men who enlisted from the municipality, the people of Brighton decided to erect a memorial, and an excellent start was provided by Mr. H. E Lamprill, who generously donated about an acre of ground at the junction of the Main and Tea Tree roads, and about 100 yards from the Pontville bridge. The people of the district responded readily, and when the monument had been erected, the committee were in the happy position of announcing that the cost (£500) had been fully subscribed.

The monument is constructed on a base of Fitzroy granite, with a superstructure of Bryn Estyn freestone, surmounted by a large cross, and on the four sides of the superstructure have been placed marble slabs containing the names of the fallen and the nurses, and men also who served abroad. The municipality's war record, when the smallness of its population is taken into consideration, is splendid, 211 having gone to the front, including eight nurses, of whom 43 made the supreme sacrifice.The unveiling ceremony was performed yesterday by His Excellency the Governor, but the attendance was comparatively small, owing to the steady rain which fell throughout the day, and the fact that settlement in the Brighton municipality is widely distributed.
The Mercury (Hobart), 31st May 1921.

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.


Address:Brighton & Ford Roads, Pontville, 7030
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.687012
Long: 147.264557
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:1914-08-04
Actual Event End Date:1919-06-28


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 16th October, 1920
Front Inscription

Municipality of Brighton


In glorious memory of those who enlisted and served in the Great War

This stone was laid by the Premier, Sir Walter H. Lee on the 16th October 1920

Plaque :

The Second World War
The Korean War
The Malaya Emergency
The Indonesia Confrontation
The Vietnam War


Left Side Inscription
Back Inscription

Made the supreme sacrifice
[ Names ]

Nurses from the District
[ Names ]


Right Side Inscription
[ Names ]
Source: SKP, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au