Goondiwindi War Memorial Gates
The Memorial Gates consist of two main brick columns and two smaller on the right and left with green flagpoles. Between the two main columns are a set of double gates both with the Rising Sun badge. Single gates are also attached to the right and left of the main columns.
Honour Roll and other plaques are inserted to the front of columns.
Black lettering on both main columns read:
Each column bares a cast bronze plate:
ROLL OF HONOUR
The left column has a cast bronze plate:
THESE MEMORIAL GATES
WERE UNVEILED BY
MAJOR GENERAL SIR THOMAS WILLIAM GLASGOW
K.C.B., C.M.C., D.S.O., V.D.
ON 18TH APRIL 1949
The right column has additinal plates for WWII names (amended) and Vietnam.
Another plaque read:
Citizens of Goondiwindi and District Remember V.E. DAY 1945-1995 and V.P. DAY 1939 1945.
(refer to additional images for list of names)
- Conflicts commemorated
- Second World War, 1939–1945
- Vietnam War, 1962–1972
- Memorial type
- Commemorative services held
Anzac Day Dawn Service is held at the WWI War Memorial, and a Remembrance Day service is held at 11.00am
- Additional information
In 1949, the WWII Memorial Gates were erected by the Goondiwindi War Memorial Committee. At the same time the WWI War Memorial was relocated from Herbert Street to its current location and has been axially aligned with the Memorial Gates, which truncate the street corner. This has created a memorial precinct, and from the street corner the monument is framed by the gates and surrounded by trees and parkland.
The memorial gates are constructed with sandstone pillars and decorative steel gates, and comprise a central gateway flanked by two smaller gateways. The pillars have sandstone nibs, and are topped with rectilinear octagonal light fittings. The gates have circular motifs and crests. The cost of relocating the WWI Memorial and erecting the gates was in excess of 2,844.
The Gates were unveiled in April 1949 by Sir Thomas William Glasgow. At the completion of the ceremony the keys of the gates were handed to Alderman F Vetter, symbolic of the town accepting responsibility and custody of the memorial. The designer of the gates is unknown.
The Goondiwindi War Memorial and Memorial Gates are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register (Place ID: 600532)
- Recorded by
- Shirley and Trevor McIvor
- Date recorded
- 5 March 2009