Centenary Suburbs War Memorial Gardens

Location of Centenary Suburbs War Memorial Gardens

On the corner of Dandenong Road and Arrabri Avenue
Mount Ommaney QLD 4074

A large sandstone inscribed memorial leads into a circular parade ground that is partially surrounded by a low sandstone wall and gardens. A 12-metre flagpole is a dominant feature as well as three auxiliary flagpoles.

A 'Courage Track' winds it way through the gardens, plaques have been embedded in the track that tell the stories of Australia's involvement in conflicts starting with the Boer War in 1899 through to present day peacekeeping.

Two 'Walls of Remembrance' lay adjacent to the 'Courage Track' and carry plaques of deceased servicemen and women who once lived in the Centenary Suburbs or were members of the Sub Branch.

An Aleppo pine tree, a direct descendant of the original Aleppo pine tree of Gallipoli was planted by four members of the RSL Sub Branchin 2004.

Inscription

Centenary Suburbs War Memorial Gardens

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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
  • Peacekeeping, 1947–present
Memorial type
Garden/avenue/tree
Commemorative services held
ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day commemorations and services are held at this memorial.
Additional information

The Gardens are adjacent to the Mt Ommaney Fire & Rescue service and at the entrance to Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre.

Mr Don Robertson a local businessman and President of the Centenary and District Chamber of Commerce saw a need for a War Memorial to be built in the Centenary Suburbs. A steering committee was formed in 1998 and with the assistance of Federal State and Local governments the necessary land was acquired on the corner ofDandenong Road and Arrabri Avenue. The Chamber was successful in their applications for Government Funding and members of the Chamber of Commerce supplied the necessary technical assistance to complete the first stage of the War Memorial in time for the Remembrance Day service on 11 November 2000. A Governor of Queensland His Excellency Major General Peter Arnison officially opened the Memorial and Mr Keith Hamilton, President of Chamber of Commerce handed the Memorial over to the Centenary Suburbs RSL President, Mr Bill Krause.

The Centenary Suburbs RSL Sub- Branch received their Charter in November 2000 and is now responsible for the maintenance, administration and conducting the Anzac and Remembrance Day services.

Recorded by
Malcolm Lancaster, President Centenary Suburbs RSL Sub Branch, 2008
Date recorded
11 November 2008