Bundaberg War Memorial

Location of Bundaberg War Memorial

Located at the intersection of Bourbong and Barolin Streets (a traffic island in the intersection)
Bundaberg QLD 4670

The memorial comprises a tall red granite column rising from a massive granite and trachyte pedestal and crowned by a marble ionic capital and life-sized statue of an Australian soldier. The statue stands head bowed, arms reversed and carrying a backpack. The total height is 38 feet. The pedestal bears the cut and gilded names of one local soldier who served in the South Africa (or Boer) War and the 277 who served in WWI. Commemorative plates for later conflicts have been added to the pedestal. The monument is surrounded by concrete kerbing.

Inscription

First plaque reads:
Bundaberg District 1939 Tribute 1945. In Memory of those from the Bundaberg District who paid the supreme sacrifice in World War 1939 - 1945.

Second plaque reads:
In Memory of Those Who Paid the Supreme Sacrific
Korea. Malaya. Borneo
South Vietnam

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
Memorial type
Statue
Additional information

This memorial has outstanding significance as a major landmark and the third most costly memorial in Queensland. The foundation stone was laid on 15 May 1920 by General Sir William Birdwood. The memorial was designed by Bundaberg architect, F H Faircloth and the masonry contractors were Anselm Odling & Co of Sydney.The statue was imported from Italy and unveiled in 1921.

Recorded by
Trevor and Shirley McIvor
Date recorded
24 February 2009

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