Tewantin War Memorial (Digger)

Location of Tewantin War Memorial (Digger)

Poinciana Avenue
7km west of Noosa
Tewantin QLD 4565

The Tewantin War Memorial was unveiled on 2 January 1922, at a price of over £300. It was reported as the first life-size figure ever cut out of a single stone by a Queensland sculptor. The life-sized digger represents a Light Horseman in full uniform, standing at ease on a typical Petrie base. The rifle was damaged (reportedly by vandals) in 1994, and a complete new rifle has been added. The earlier rifle was fitted with a bayonet but looked rather artificial. In 2018, white paint on the memorial was removed, with the original Helidon freestone revealed. Four missing urns, surmounting the pedestal, were also replaced with ball finials.

Inscription

The main marble plaque reads:
Erected by the residents in recognition of those who enlisted from this district in the Great War 1914-1919. There is a list of 6 names under Fallen and at the bottom of the plaque are the words: Their name liveth for evermore. Marble plaques on the sides list 30 names under Enlistments. A further plaque reads 1939–1945 Fallen and lists 8 names.

Refer to additional images on this page for further inscriptions.

Conflicts commemorated
  • First World War, 1914–1918
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
  • Malayan Emergency, 1948–1960
  • Korean War, 1950–1953
  • Indonesian Confrontation, 1962–1966
  • Vietnam War, 1962–1972
Memorial type
Statue
Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor, updated October 2019 by Mick Reid, President Tewantin Noosa RSL Sub Branch
Date recorded
25 March 2009

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