Toowoomba The Mothers' Memorial

Location of Toowoomba The Mothers' Memorial

East Creek Park, Margaret Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Memorial was built by mothers to honour their soldier sons who did not return from World War I. The tall column topped by a globe and wreath rises from a many-sided block carrying names of service personnel from Toowoomba, Yalangur, Westbrook, Wyreema, Gowrie Junctions (now known as Gowrie Junction) and Meringandan. The column is 8m (26.25') high.

Names of Corporal John French VC and Matron Anne Jewell, lost on the Centaur, are on this memorial. The sides of the memorial are covered with name plaques, listing 409 World War I names for Toowoomba, including 1 nurse and 1 doctor; 6 names for Yalangur; 10 names for Westbrook; 9 names for Wyreema; 5 names for the Boer War, 4 names for Gowrie Junction and 5 names for Meringandan. There are 251 names listed for World War II, including 1 Victoria Cross; 1 DFC & MC; 3 DFC; 1 BEM, 1 MBE, 1 DSC; 1 AFC, 1 Matron and 2 Sisters. There are 6 names listed for Korea War 1951-1953; and 6 names for Vietnam, including 2 M.I.D.

Inscription

OUR GLORIOUS DEAD/ TO THE MEMORY OF THE GALLANT MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 TO 1918 FOR THE SAKE OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

Conflicts commemorated
  • South Africa War, 1899–1902
  • First World War, 1914–1918
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
  • Korean War, 1950–1953
  • Vietnam War, 1962–1972
Memorial type
Column/obelisk/pillar
Additional information
Relocated to East Creek Park, Margaret Street, in October 1985. Also lists names from Yalangur, Westbrook, Wyreema, Gowrie Junctions, Meringandan. Boer War, WWI, WWII, SEAsia.
Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor
Date recorded
1 April 2009

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