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The marble plaque commemorates Wilfred Ernest Punchard who was the Shire Clerk of the Johnstone Shire Council from July 1934 to February 1948.

Shortly after the commencement of the monthly meeting of the Johnstone Shire Council at Innisfail on Thursday, the meeting adjourned for the unveiling of a memorial plaque erected in the vestibule of the Shire Hall in memory of the late Mr. Wilfred Ernest Punchard. The chairman of the Council, Councillor W. T. Batchelor, before unveiling the plaque, stated: "Tonight, being the last meeting of the present members of the Johnstone Shire Council, a great honour has been bestowed on me, as Chairman of the Council, to unveil a memorial plaque to our late Shire Clerk, Mr. W. E. Punchard.

This will serve to perpetuate the name of a man who gave and did so much for this shire. The late Mr. Punchard was our Shire Clerk for 14 years (1934-1948) and during that period the knowledge he gained on all the many problems and needs of tbe shire was invaluable, and his passing at the early age of 47 years was a severe blow to our shire. Councillors, I do feel that in unveiling this plaque to his memory that all who knew him will appreciate that his work as a servant and citizen has been remembered."
Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld), 21 May 1949.



Address:70 Rankin Street, Shire Hall, Innisfail, 4860
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -17.523029
Long: 146.030455
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Local
Actual Event Start Date:02-July-1934
Actual Event End Date:18-February-1948


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 19th May, 1949
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Erected to the memory of Wilfred Ernest Punchard

Shire Clerk to the Johnstone Shire Council 

2nd July 1934 to 18th February 1948

Source: MA
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