Roma War Memorial Cenotaph

Location of Roma War Memorial Cenotaph

Queens Park, Bungil Street, Roma, 268km west of Dalby (Warrego Highway)
Roma QLD 4455

A cenotaph sitting on a slightly larger base, both of rock faced pale grey granite. The cenotaph has three leaded marble plaques which are recessed into the granite. The front face (facing Bungil Street) bears Laurence Binyon's ode 'To the Fallen' with a bronze AIF badge above. The rear plaque bears the 93 names of the fallen with a bronze laurel wreath above. A later plaque has been added to the eastern side to commemorate the 39 local men who fell in the Second World War.

The cenotaph is located in the centre of a paved area facing the end of the avenue of bottle trees. It is surrounded by a formal setting of kerbed paths and grassed areas. Encircling it is a semi-circle of nine pine trees which are allegedly grown from seeds collected from the Lone Pine at Gallipoli.

Inscription

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Conflicts commemorated
  • First World War, 1914–1918
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
Memorial type
Cenotaph/shrine
Commemorative services held

Yes

Additional information

The Cenotaph was commissioned by the Local Repatriation Committee. It was unveiled on Anzac Day, 1938 by Colonel Sir Donald Cameron and honours the 93 local men who fell in the First World War (the same names that were originally recorded on the trees) and the 39 who fell in the Second World War. The erection of the cenotaph was delayed as the Committee's first priority was to provide for the welfare of returned soldiers. A memorial honour board had already been erected by the committee in the Town Hall. (Source: Queensland Cultural Heritage Register)

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor
Date recorded
18 March 2009

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