Mackay Rats of Tobruk Memorial
The monument is a replica of that built by Australian Divisional Engineers in the Tobruk Cemetery, Libya, during the Second World War seige, that lasted from the 10th April to December 1941. The memorial lists more than 100 names of local men who served at Tobruk during the 1941.
THIS MONUMENT IS A REPLICA OF THE ONE BUILT BY THE DIVISION ENGINEERS
IN THE TOBRUK CEMETERY DURING THE HISTORIC SIEGE OF TOBRUK.
THE FIRST VICTORIA CROSS OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY IN WORLD WAR II WAS AWARDED TO
CORPORAL J.H. EDMONDSON AT TOBRUK ON 13 APRIL 1941.
THE DEFENCE OF TOBRUK BY THE AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE WOTH ELEMENTS OF
OTHER ALLIED ARMED FORCES REPRESENTS THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL RESISTANCE
TO GERMAN LAND FORCES IN WORLD WAR II.
THE VALIANT DEFENDERS NOW PROUDLY BEAR THE NAME "THE RATS OF TOBRUK".
THE RATS OF TOBRUK MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING
THE SIEGE AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE DIED SINCE.
(Refer to additional images for extensive inscriptions)
- Conflicts commemorated
- Second World War, 1939–1945
- Memorial type
- Additional information
Refer to additional images for extensive information. Designed and implemented by the Mackay Regional Council and the Mackay Rats of Tobruk Association members. Unveiled in March 2001 by the then Governor of Queensland, Major-General Peter Arnison.
- Recorded by
- Glen Hall, Mackay Historical Society
- Date recorded
- 5 March 2009
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