Mackay 2/12th Battalion Memorial

Location of Mackay 2/12th Battalion Memorial

Jubilee Park,Alfred Street
Mackay QLD 4740

Two stepped black polished granite memorial with two plinths displaying a bronze plaque on each. One of the plaques is dedicated to the 205 men from the Mackay District who served and died in the 2/12th Battalion at Milne Bay and further battles during WW2.

The other is dedicated to the 287,000 men who served in the National Services between 1951 and 1972. Of the total, 187 were killed and 1,479 wounded overseas. The National Service Association badge also displayed.

Inscription

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF 205 MEMBERS OF THE

2/12 BATTALION, MANY FROM MACKAY WHO DIED IN

GAINING AN AUSTRALIAM VICTORY AT MILNE BAY, WHERE

THEY SPEARHEADED THE COUNTER ATTACK AGAINST THE

JAPANESE MARINES. THIS WAS THE ENEMY'S FIRST DEFEAT.

FOLLOWED BY FURTHER VICTORIES AGAINST THE JAPANESE

AT GOODENOUGH ISLAND, BUNA AND SANANANDA IN 1942-3.

THIS MAGNIFICENT FEAT OF ARMS HELPED SAVE AUSTRALIA

FROM INVASION. TRULY A GREAT BATTALION.

ERECTED BY 2/12 BN ASSOC., VETERAN'S AFFAIRS AND

MACKAY CITY COUNCIL

Conflicts commemorated
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
  • Unit memorials
Memorial type
Stone/cairn/plinth
Commemorative services held

ANZAC Day Dawn Services held in Jubilee Park, followed by another service later in the morning.

Additional information

In 2011 this Memorial was upgraded and enhanced due to a partnership between Mackay Regional Council and the Queensland Government, with a Community Memorials Restoration grant assisting to finance the new memorial. Prior to the enhancement, each of the plaques were displayed on seperate low concrete plinths. The original bronze plaques have been repositioned on new memorial.

Recorded by
Glen Hall/Dennis Stocks and Doug Tanner
Date recorded
5 March 2009

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