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31-May-2019
31-May-2019

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The marble plaque was donated by the Presbyterian Women`s Guild in memory of four men connected with the church who died in service or were killed in action during World War One. 

One of the men, Captain Reginald Hugh Knyvett, was minister of the Presbyterian church from 1911 to 1914. 

At present there is on view at the Art Gallery a fine bronze portrait bust of the late Captain R. H. Knyvett. The bust was loaned to the gallery by Mrs. J. Knyvett, of Redcliffe, mother of the deceased. A native of South Brisbane, the late Captain Knyvett was attached to the Presbyterian Church at Longreach in 1914. When war occurred he gave up his church work and joined the A.I.F. as a private. He served for nearly three years in Egypt, Gallipoli, and France, and gained his commission in the field. Badly wounded at Gommecourt, he was invalided home unfit for further service. However he recovered somewhat, and decided to return to active service through America. There he was engaged by the American Government as a lecturer for war purposes, and while so engaged died in New York. So highly were his services regarded by the American people that they erected a statue to his memory in Chicago, and the bronze bust now on view at the Queensland Art Gallery is a cast from the original model, which was handed over by the sculptor, Gilbert P. Riswold, the celebrated Swede, to the late Captain Knyett's friends and admirers who in turn presented it to his mother. 
Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1903 - 1926), Saturday 22 March 1924.


Note: The Presbyterian Church is now the Uniting Church. 

 

Location

Address:107 Galah Street , Longreach Uniting Church, Longreach, 4730
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.442637
Long: 144.250603
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1920
Front Inscription

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY
GREAT WAR  1914 -19.
IN MEMORIAM 
CAPTAIN REGINALD HUGH KNYVETT.
LATE 59th. BATTALION A.I.F.
SOMETIME MINISTER OF THIS CHURCH.
DIED APRIL 15 - 1918, RESULT OF WOUNDS 
AGED 31 YEARS.

" HE BEING DEAD YET SPEAKETH."
                                       HEB.11.4.
KILLED IN ACTION 
G.G.B.GAVIN; AGED 25 YEARS.
J.T.B.GAVIN; AGED 23 YEARS
W.A.KENNEDY, AGED 21 YEARS.  

 

Source: MA
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