Ipswich Railway Workshops War Memorial (Digger)
This memorial rises to 32 feet and is surmounted by a larger than life-sized bronze statue of an Australian Infantry soldier standing to attention on a tall obelisk. The obelisk and pedestal below are of Victorian granite. The monument rests on a concrete stepped base surrounded by two kerbs. The pedestal also bears bronze coats of arms of Queensland and of Queensland Railways. It has an impressive guyed flagstaff behind and large trees with circular seats. On front and back of the pedestal are ornate bronze plates.
The plates bear the names of the c.300 men who left the works to fight for King and Empire in the Great War. The plates also bear the 28 names of the dutiful members of the Memorial Committee and Trustees, and also historical details of the signing of the armistice and peace treaty - these names and inscriptions providing considerable insight into the values of those who erected the memorial.
- Conflicts commemorated
- First World War, 1914–1918
- Memorial type
- Commemorative services held
- Additional information
The memorial was designed by the Queensland Railway Architect, Vincent Price, and the components were made by several specialists: the statue by John Whitehead and Sons, sculptors of London; the masonry work by A.L. Petrie of Toowong, Brisbane; the metal plates by Chas Handford of Brisbane. The memorial was unveiled on 27 September 1919.
- Recorded by
- Shirley and Trevor McIvor
- Date recorded
- 19 March 2009
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