Biloela Cenotaph

Location of Biloela Cenotaph

Biloela Park, 127km west of Gladstone
(Dawson and Burnett Highways)
Biloela QLD 4715

A significant, recently refurbished Memorial precinct that incorporates many commemorative elements. The whole design of the Cenotaph represents a ships cutter, of the type which landed the Anzac troops at Gallipoli, on 25 April 1915. If viewed from above, it also represents a stirrup iron from a Light Horse saddle. The shrubs on the extremities of the memorial, representthe gunwales of the boat, andthe 6 stainless steel flagpoles represent the oars of the boat which were hoisted vertical so as not to impede the troops disembarking.

The Transom is represented by a gate with two bronze rising suns. The stainless steel spire represents the Eternal Flame of Remembrance, and on thefloor there are four bronze plaques representing all the wars and peacekeeping operations that Australia has been involved in since 1845. The colour of the memorial is to represent the beaches and the deserts over which our forebears fought, whilst the Poppy is in permanent Remembrance of those who did not return to this land.

The memorial is significant in its symbolism and represents the major focus of commemoration in the Biloela and surrounding district.

Inscription

1914 - 1918 LEST WE FORGET 1939 - 1945

(Refer to additional images)

Conflicts commemorated
  • Sudan, 1885
  • South Africa War, 1899–1902
  • Boxer Rebellion, 1900–1901
  • 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
  • Gulf War, 1990–1991
  • Somalia, 1992–1994
  • Peacekeeping, 1947–present
  • Unit memorials
Memorial type
Cenotaph/shrine
Commemorative services held

Yes

Additional information

Additional Conflicts commemorated - Maori Wars 1845-1846, 1846-1860

Recorded by
Banana Shire Library and Information Service
Date recorded
9 April 2009