South Sea Islander War Memorial

Location of South Sea Islander War Memorial

South Sea Islanders Hall, The Lagoons,Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens,Nebo Road
Mackay West QLD 4740

Brass plaque attached to granite boulder, listing a Roll of Honour of South Sea Islanders from the Mackay District who served in the First World War, Second World War, Malaya and Vietnam.

Of the 22 names listed two servicemen paid the supreme sacrifice and were killed in action: WWII (1); Vietnam (1).

Inscription

SOUTH SEA ISLANDER

HONOUR ROLL

WORLD WAR 1 WORLD WAR 2 MALAYA VIETNAM

[1 NAME] [14 NAMES] [1 NAME] [6 VIETNAM]

LEST WE FORGET

Conflicts commemorated
  • First World War, 1914–1918
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
  • Malayan Emergency, 1948–1960
  • Vietnam War, 1962–1972
Memorial type
Stone/cairn/plinth
Commemorative services held

An afternoon ANZAC Day Service is held at the memorial.

Additional information

South Sea Islanders have fought besides other Australians and suffered the harsh indignities as Prisoners Of War. They have played their part as national servicemen, and paid the supreme sacrifice on the battlefield.

On 25th August 1994, the South Sea Islanders were recognised by the Australian Government as a distinctive ethnic group. On the 2nd Anniversary (1996) of that significant event, the memorial was unveiled by the Mackay Deputy Mayor & Charlie Tonga, a Second World War veteran and listed on the memorial.

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

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