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Queensland Korean War Memorial

Description

Set in picturesque Cascade Gardens and dedicated on the 20th August 2011, The Queensland Korean War Memorial takes the form of a significant remembrance wall, emblazoned with murals depicting the struggle for freedom by United Nations Forces 1950 to 53 and to 1957 by the Australian veterans of the Navy, Army and Airforce. The impressive bas-relief mural sculptures also equally include the struggles of the Korean peoples who gave so much to defend their nation. The central prominant sculpture of a Korean War era Australian soldier, depicts the figure as a sentinel at ease overseeing the commenmorative site.

A dedication plaque rests to the front of the main memorial wall, postioned on a raised and angled desk plinth. Addition plaques at the left and right flanks of the memorial wall, are displayed in both English and Korean languages, and explain the involvement of the Australian forces in the Korean War.

The memorial wall is flanked by a remembrance garden, with three flag poles, flying the Australian, Republic of Korea and United Nations flags. Additionally, at southern end there is a special tribute to the land forces of the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) including original battlefield stones presented by the Gapyeong County, Republic of Korea, and on the northern end, a remembrance area for the Korean veterans and citizens. The area is aesthetically enhanced by two Korean 'pagodas' and appropriate plantings of flora.

The commemorative murals include:

  • A central figurehead representing the unknown Australian
  • Veteran of all services.
  • The Busan War Grave
  • The Korean peoples struggle for freedom
  • Those Missing in action
  • Those who were prisoners of war
  • The Royal Australian Navy and Fleet Air Arm in action
  • The Royal Australian Airforce in action over Korea
  • The Royal Australian Regiment during winter operations
  • The Royal Australian Regiment during summer operations
Location
Cascade Gardens,Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach Qld 4217
Inscription

Dedication plaque:

THE QUEENSLAND KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL
WAS DEDICATED JOINTLY 20th AUGUST 2011
By the

REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Sung Choon Park
And

STATE OF QUEENSLAND
Premier the Honourable Anna Bligh MP

In honoured memory of those who served

This Queensland Korean War Memorial is a gift to the Veterans of the Korean War from
the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs and the Korean communities
now resident in Australia, the Australian Federal and Queensland State Governments,
Australian war veterans and the Gold Coast City Council

We thank those benefactors who graciously funded the construction of this Memorial

Replublic of Korea's Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs
State of Queensland
Australian Federal Ministry of Veterans' Affairs
Gold Coast City Council
Australian Korean War Memorial Queensland
Association of Qld Korean Veterans and Lt Col MB Pears MC


And for all those who donated their time, effort and goodwill to this Wall of Remembrance


They went with songs to battle; they were young; straight of limb true of eye, strady and aglow
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; they fell with their faces to the foe.


KOREA REMEMBERED


Joseph Ahn Maurie Pears
President AKWMQ Project Manager
[Republic of Korea flag] [Australian flag]
Designed and Constructed by Screenart and W3D Contructions

Conflicts commemorated
Korean War, 1950-1953
Peace-Keeping, 1947-Present
Unit Memorials
Memorial type
Structure
Commemorative services held

The memorial complex at Cascade Gardens is utilised for community remembrance on the following dates:

  • Gapyeong 25 April
  • ANZAC Day 25 April
  • Commencement of hostilities 25 June
  • Cessation of hostilities 27 July
  • Maryang San 2 to 8 October
  • Remembrance Day 11 November
  • Other such Military Remembrance activities recommended by the Advisory Councils
Additional information

The memorial is also recognised by the web site: www.koreanwarmemorial.com.au

Recorded by
Gold Coast City Council
Date recorded
18 November 2011

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