Toogoolawah War Memorial

Location of Toogoolawah War Memorial

Cressbrook St - 89km north-west of Ipswich (Brisbane Valley Highway)
Toogoolawah QLD 4313

It is an elaborate sandstone obelisk standing on a stepped base of concrete and rock-faced sandstone. The pedestal has recessed marble plates bearing the leaded names of 197 local men who served in WWI, including the 28 fallen. A metal plate recording the 15 who fell in WWII has been added later to the pedestal. The entablature has egg and dart ornament. An obelisk rises above a cornice with gables bearing leaf ornament. At the front base of the obelisk are a wreath and the inscription.

Inscription

OUR BOYS HONOUR

(Refer to additional images for names)

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
Cenotaph/shrine
Commemorative services held
To be confirmed
Additional information

This memorial has outstanding significance as the second known WWI monument in Queensland and the first to be erected outside a cemetery. It was unveiled on March 31 1917 by Rev Chaplain Merrington who had recently returned from active service. It was designed and produced by the well known and highly regarded monumental masonry firm, Frank Williams and Co. of Ipswich and cost 300. Funds were raised by public subscriptions and a paddy's market. The predominantly sandstone memorial honours the 197 local men who served in the First World War, including the 38 fallen.
(Source: Queensland Cultural Heritage Register)

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor
Date recorded
31 March 2009