Allora St Patrick's School World War I Shrine

Location of Allora St Patrick's School World War I Shrine

26km north of Warwick, St Patricks School, Warwick Street
Allora QLD 4362

Located beside St Patricks School, the World War I Shrine is the only such one known in Queensland. Built of sandstone blocks with an iron roof, it features many plaques honouring individual soldiers. Angels stand on guard on each side of the peaked roof, which is topped by a Sacred Heart.

A plaque reads: This Shrine was erected by the Friends of the Sacred Heart. To its Honour and Glory. Across the exterior top front of the Shrine are the words Reparation Love Gratitude To the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and crosses are carved into the sandstone. The two plaques on either side of the main entrance read: In memory of Patrick Collins, killed in France, 26th September 1917, R.I.P., and To the memory of Michael Joseph Lynam, Died of Wounds in France, 20th October, 1917. R.I.P.. The interior plaques, in the shape of a heart with a kink at the bottom left (similar to the one at the roof peak) have mostly been removed for safe keeping, or lost. There is also the outline of an altar which is now missing. There are seats inside. Stained glass windows originally on either side of the front door, in the front door, and in side windows, have been removed and replaced by pieces of masonite to keep out the weather. Some sections have been preserved at the school.

Inscription

This Shrine was erected by the Friends of the Sacred Heart. To its Honour and Glory.

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Conflicts commemorated
First World War, 1914–1918
Memorial type
Cenotaph/shrine
Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor
Date recorded
17 March 2009

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