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The memorial commemorates the service of Australian men and women, along with their allies, who fought the Battle of Australia. The memorial commemorates those who served between 1942 and 1945.

The Battle for Australia is a contested historiographical term used to claim a link between a series of battles near Australia during the Pacific War of the Second World War.

The Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) and Battle for Australia Commemoration National Council campaigned for over a decade for official commemoration of a series of battles fought in 1942, including the Battle of the Coral Sea, Battle of Milne Bay and Kokoda Track Campaign, as having formed a 'battle for Australia'.This campaign was successful, and in 2008 the Australian Government proclaimed that commemorations for the Battle for Australia would be held annually on the first Wednesday in September, with the day being designated 'Battle for Australia Day'. This day, recognises "the service and sacrifice of all those who served in defence of Australia in 1942 and 1943."

Peter Stanley, the former principal historian at the Australian War Memorial argues that the concept of a 'Battle for Australia' is mistaken as these actions did not form a single campaign aimed against Australia. Stanley has also stated that no historian he knows believes that there was a 'Battle for Australia.'


Address:George & Alice Streets, Queens Place, Brisbane, 4000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.474871
Long: 153.026806
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1942
Approx. Event End Date:1945
Monument Manufacturer:Department of Public Works Stonemasons


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 18th April, 2001
Front Inscription

In Remembrance of 
Australian men and women and their Allies 
Who fought the 
Battle for Australia
South & South West Pacific Areas 1942-45

Plaque :


This memorial was unveiled by
The Honourable 
Peter Beattie MP 
Premier of Queensland 
On the 18th of April 2001
In the presence of 
The Honourable 
Robert Schwarten MP 
Minister for Public Works and Minister for Housing
This memorial was prepared by stonemasons 
from the Department of Public Works

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