Booval War Memorial (Digger)

Location of Booval War Memorial (Digger)

Cameron Park
95A Brisbane Road
Booval QLD 4304

The monument rises to a height of 22 feet with a column of red granite surmounted by a small marble statue of an Australian soldier standing at ease in the pose repeatedly used by Williams for his war memorials. The elaborate pedestal is of marble, with a block recessed behind four red granite posts and with four marble urns on the cornice above. The monument rests on a base of Melbourne bluestone and a stepped foundation. It is surrounded by paving and enclosed by a wooden fence with front and back gates. A large guyed timber flagstaff stands to the north west and a captured gun (or war trophy) is mounted on the path approaching the monument.

Inscription

The recessed panels list 221 servicemen, 28 of whom paid the supreme sacrifice.

(Refer to additional images)

Conflicts commemorated
  • South Africa War, 1899–1902
  • 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
  • Peacekeeping, 1947–present
Memorial type
Statue
Commemorative services held

Yes

Additional information

This memorial has outstanding significance because the soldier statue is probably one of the earliest examples of stone carving by the Queensland sculptor, Daphne Mayo.

The memorial was erected by a combined committee established in 1918 and representing Ipswichs Eastern Suburbs of Booval, Silkstone, Newtown and Raceview.

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor
Date recorded
19 March 2009

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