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Mackay Rats of Tobruk Memorial

Description
The monument is a replica of that built by Australian Divisional Engineers in the Tobruk Cemetery, Libya, during the Second World War seige, that lasted from the 10th April to December 1941. The memorial lists more than 100 names of local men who served at Tobruk during the 1941.
Location
Queens Park, Goldsmith Street, Mackay Qld 4740

Location of Mackay Rats of Tobruk Memorial

Inscription

THIS MONUMENT IS A REPLICA OF THE ONE BUILT BY THE DIVISION ENGINEERS

IN THE TOBRUK CEMETERY DURING THE HISTORIC SIEGE OF TOBRUK.

THE FIRST VICTORIA CROSS OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY IN WORLD WAR II WAS AWARDED TO

CORPORAL J.H. EDMONDSON AT TOBRUK ON 13 APRIL 1941.

THE DEFENCE OF TOBRUK BY THE AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE WOTH ELEMENTS OF

OTHER ALLIED ARMED FORCES REPRESENTS THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL RESISTANCE

TO GERMAN LAND FORCES IN WORLD WAR II.

THE VALIANT DEFENDERS NOW PROUDLY BEAR THE NAME "THE RATS OF TOBRUK".

THE RATS OF TOBRUK MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING

THE SIEGE AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE DIED SINCE.

(Refer to additional images for extensive inscriptions)

Conflicts commemorated
Second World War, 1939-1945
Memorial type
Cenotaph/Shrine
Additional information

Refer to additional images for extensive information. Designed and implemented by the Mackay Regional Council and the Mackay Rats of Tobruk Association members. Unveiled in March 2001 by the then Governor of Queensland, Major-General Peter Arnison.

There are similar memorials at Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

Recorded by
Glen Hall, Mackay Historical Society
Date recorded
5 March 2009

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