ANZAC Centenary Memorial

Location of ANZAC Centenary Memorial

Freedom Park, Main Street
Pialba, Hervey Bay QLD 4655

Situated to the west of the Pialba Memorial Hall in Freedom Park, aligned southwest-northeast.

Includes a statue of a Queensland Light Horseman and his mount, cast in bronze, charging the enemy trench lines during the battle of Beersheba in Egypt.

Two black granite walls depict a WWI trench. The statue represents a trooper jumping over that trench on his way to battle.

The badges of the three Armed Services are located on the east side of the memorial.

Small plaques to individuals are mounted along the northwest sides of the memorial, on the northern east side, and within the trench.

Inscription

Inscription, southeast side, south end:

ANZAC Centenary 1915 - 2015
Lest We Forget

Inscription, north side of trench:

This memorial was erected by the Hervey Bay RSL, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Hervey Bay businesses and the Hervey Bay community to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary and in dedication to those who served their country

Inscription, south side of trench:

To those who served:

World War I
World War II
Korea
Malaya
Indonesia
Borneo
Vietnam
Somalia
Rwanda
East Timor
Iraq
Afghanistan
Peacekeeping Operations

Plaque, south side of trench:

REMEMBERING THE AUSTRALIAN WAR HORSE

The men who went to fight in World War I, and who died so far away, are honoured and remembered each ANZAC Day.

However, let us not forget the help they had through those horrid times.

Australia's finest 'Walers' they were called.
Strong, sturdy and faithful War Horses.
Thousands of them were sent.
They went without water or food, sometimes for many days,
to carry our men into battle.

They transported the wounded to field hospitals,
Hauled supply wagons, water and field guns over hills, muddy fields
and across desert plains.

Many tales can be told of their faithful deeds and without them many ANZAC feats, now legends, would not exist.

Litres of tears fell when the war was over and the riders and handlers
of these fine animals were told that because of quarantine laws,
these wonderful horses, who had been through so much,
were not going to be allowed back into Australia.

Hundreds were given to the British Indian Army to continue life
as a military horse.

Others, whose riders and handlers could not bear the
thought of the horses becoming farm animals and
with thick thoughts and teary eyes,
were laid to rest.

Let us never forget these Walers, whose monument stands above,
nor the Men they served with.

Conflicts commemorated
  • First World War, 1914–1918
  • Peacekeeping, 1947–present
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
  • Malayan Emergency, 1948–1960
  • Korean War, 1950–1953
  • Indonesian Confrontation, 1962–1966
  • Vietnam War, 1962–1972
  • Gulf War, 1990–1991
  • Somalia, 1992–1994
Memorial type
Statue
Commemorative services held

ANZAC Day 25 April - Dawn Service
ANZAC Day 25 April - Main Service
Peacekeepers Day - 14 September
Remembrance Day - 11 November

Additional information

The statue was created by artist and sculptor, Mark Snell. Perides Art Foundry transformed the works from clay to bronze.

On 11 October, 2014 a dedication service was held for the new War Memorial located in Freedom Park, Hervey Bay. Two black granite walls depict a World War 1 trench. The Light Horsemen bronze statue represents our brave ANZAC jumping over that trench on his way to battle.

This newly expanded and refurbished ANZAC Memorial Park will remember all those who sacrificed so much in War, including the men and women who still suffer from the terrible effects of war.

The monument commemorates the Centenary of ANZAC and is a tribute to those who fought in World War One and the 160,000 horses that went to war. It also honours those who have died in all wars.

The statue depicts a mounted trooper of the Australian 5th Light Horse Regiment during the Battle of Beersheba in October 1917 during World War One. The battle of took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza.

The final phase of this all day battle was the mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade which consisted of the 4th, 11th and 12th Light Horse Regiments.

Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba. The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza on 7 November and advance into Palestine.

Recorded by
Bob Ney
Date recorded
31 May 2016

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