Mount Perry War Memorial

Location of Mount Perry War Memorial

Memorial Park
Mount Perry QLD 4671

A sandstone obelisk erected in 1921, with crossed rifles is atop a square base with carved corner pillars, set on a stepped base. Lists 22 names. Underneath is a smaller plaque which reads: Also World War II, listing 3 names. Across the base a small marble plaque reads Erected 1921, A. D.
The rifle slings carved on top of the memorial hang in a natural pattern, unlike on other crossed rifles on Queensland war memorials. The park has large trees and the memorial is always shaded. Behind the memorial is a rare World War I trophy - a Turkish 87mm field gun captured by the Australian Light Horse. Early in 1994 it was relocated from a position under the trees to a shelter shed behind the memorial which became vacant when the park was upgraded with barbecue, large shelter sheds, picnic tables, wheelchair accessible toilet block, and new trees and shrubs. A flagpole is attached to the rear of the shelter shed.

Inscription

This monument was erected by the people of Mount Perry and district in memory of local volunteers who made the supreme sacrifice during the Great War 1914-1919.

Conflicts commemorated
  • First World War, 1914–1918
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
Memorial type
Column/obelisk/pillar
Additional information

During World War II the Shire raised the highest contribution per capita to the 1943 Battle Stations appeal and the prize financed a Memorial Room at the adjacent Shire Office, dedicated as a memorial to the ex-servicemen and women of Mount Perry who unstintingly served their country in times of hostility.

The rare war trophy is in good basic condition but rusting, and early paint is peeling. It's rarity has only recently been recognised and the Shire Council undertook to contact the Australian War Memorial for advice re restoration. Now it is under shelter it's life should be lengthened.

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor
Date recorded
27 February 2009

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