Cleveland War Memorial

Location of Cleveland War Memorial

ANZAC Park, corner of Passage and North Streets, Cleveland - 25km east of Brisbane’s CBD. Opposite (east of) the Redlands RSL Club
Cleveland QLD 4163

The 1920 memorial that is the centrepiece of ANZAC Park features a broken column complete with rifle and laurel wreath; the name Cleveland set around each side of base of column; a stepped base; eight bollards forming a square around the memorial, and three flagpoles beside the memorial. The centre plaque, for the First World War, carries the names of a Captain, Sergeant, Lance Corporal and 12 Privates, 15 in total. Carved under this plaque are two flags and a rising sun, and the lower plaque for the Second World War lists 12 soldiers, one winning the Military Medal; Sister C Thiedeke, and one listed as Missing. Black plaques with gold lettering have been added for Malaya, Borneo, Korea and Vietnam. Adjacent flagpoles are actually yachting spars and have the ropes concealed from vandals. Southeast of the 1920 memorial are two more recent memorials, set in front of gaps in a low, commemorative wall, with associated gardens and paving. One of the later memorials is a stone plinth, dedicated to War Animals. This has a bronze plaque on its front, and is surmounted by a metal statue of a dog. The other memorial is a bronze statue of an Australian military nurse and a soldier, set on a marble base.

Inscription

Cleveland War Memorial:

THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919
IN MEMORIAM
(lists 15 names)

1939-1945
(lists 14 names)

KOREA

VIETNAM
(lists 5 names)

MALAYA

BORNEO

Animal War Memorial:

DEDICATED TO ALL
WAR ANIMALS
THEY ALSO
SERVED
LEST WE FORGET

Conflicts commemorated
  • 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
Column/obelisk/pillar
Additional information

An example of the work of W E Parsons, Mason, Brisbane, the memorial column was unveiled in August 1920. The Animal War Memorial was unveiled on 22 April 2015, with over 220 people in attendance. Army War Dogs and Handlers, RAAF Guard Dogs, Army Mascot Stan the Ram, Light Horses, Clydesdale Horse, Donkey, Camel, Alpaca, and a Pigeon release were all included in the days unveiling, followed by a wreath laying to honour those animals who served. On 16 August 2016 the new statue of a nurse and soldier arrived for Anzac Park - a tribute to all military nurses. This was unveiled on Remembrance Day, Saturday 11th November 2017.

Recorded by
Doug Tanner, with additional information from the Redlands RSL Sub-Branch, 2019.
Date recorded
10 March 2009

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