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The Sandgate War Memorial was originally erected to commemorate those who died in service or were killed in action in World War One. An additional plaque was later added to commemorate those who died in service or were killed in action in World War Two and those who had served and died in Malaya, the Korean War and Vietnam.

The Mayor of Sandgate W. H. Bowser presided over the memorial's organising committee which commissioned prominent Queensland architect George Gray Prentice to design the £850 monument, but also donated much of the granite from his Samford quarry.

Charles Lowther, of the masonry firm Lowther and Sons that built the cenotaph, was a returned soldier who had served in the Light Horse in Palestine during World War One.

The Sandgate War Memorial, the foundation stone of which is to be laid by His Excellency the Governor (Sir Matthew Nathan), at 3 o'clock this afternoon is designed as a granite Cenotaph, measuring 10 feet x 6 feet at the base, and slightly battered as it rises 20 feet in height.  The memorial is to be placed in such a position in the Memorial Park, near the Town Hall, as to present one side to the railway station, on which will be placed a bronze tablet, bearing the names of those who enlisted from the district, pride of place being given to those who paid the supreme sacrifice. A similar bronze panel is to    be placed on the other side, bearing a verse, which is from the pen of Mr. W. H. Lister, a Sandgate resident. On the front and rear of the memorial bronze wreaths are to be secured. Messrs. T. R. Hall and G. G. Prentice, who presented the design, are the honorary architects.
Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld.), 14 July 1923.

The memorial was unveiled by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Matthew Nathan , on February 24th 1924.
The Brisbane Courier, 31st January 1924.


Address:Seymour Street & Brighton Road, Sandgate, 4017
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.320675
Long: 153.069736
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Designer:George Gray Prentice
Monument Manufacturer:Lowther & Sons (Brisbane, QLD)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 24th February, 1924
Front Inscription

In loving memory of Sandgate`s sons who gave their lives on the war of 1914 - 1918

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Plaque :

The war of 1939 - 1945

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Malaya - The Korean War - Vietnam

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Back Inscription

They died, and yet, in memory shall they live.
That we may know the worth of sacrifice;
Know that their death in freedom's cause,
Stands as a beacon light. To point the way - 
To paths of peace

Source: MA,MIV,SKP
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