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The Patrick McNamee ANZAC Memorial Park was established on land donated by Mr Patrick McNamee and commemorates those who served in World War One. The Memorial Park was officially opened in 1938. 

Bonalbo Memorial Park was in festive garb for the official opening. Flags floated from the flagpole and bunting hung at all angles from the cross bars. Gaily decked stalls graced the lawn. Uniformed members of the Bonalbo Red Cross and the Old Bonalbo junior branch and the local troop of the 15th Light Horse Regiment formed a guard of honour from the memorial gates to a platform at the side of the hall. The president of the Bonalbo branch of the Returned Soldiers' League (Mr. W. R. Cooke) presided. In a historical survey he explained the happenings leading up to the opening ceremony of the Memorial Park. After the war a Memorial Hall was built on land donated by the late Mr. Patrick McNamee. Years later this hall was destroyed by fire and a hall costing some £2500, and in keeping with the progress of the district, was erected on an adjoining block acquired for the purpose. This left vacant the original land, which detracted from the appearance of the hall.

Some months ago the returned soldiers decided to transform the land into something that would add to the dignity of the hall and the beauty of the town. With the aid of the hall committee and residents the transformation was effected and the opening ceremony made possible. 
Northern Star (Lismore, NSW), 14 November 1938.


Address:Woodenbong Road & Koreelah Street, Bonalbo, 2469
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.736469
Long: 152.622511
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 12th November, 1938
Front Inscription

Patrick McNamee

ANZAC Memorial Park

Plaque :

This land was donated by the late Patrick McNamee as a war memorial site


Source: NRWM, MA
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