Nanango War Memorial (Digger)

Location of Nanango War Memorial (Digger)

166km north of Toowoomba, Drayton and Henry Streets - outside Shire Council offices
Nanango QLD 4615

A marble full sized digger standing at ease. The memorial is covered with name plaques, and is surrounded by brick paving and a fence with white concrete posts and chains. Each post carries the names of World War II ex-service personnel. The whole memorial is framed by two towers with lights on top, and the word NANANGO across the centre.

A. Gasagrande of Italy prepared the digger and A L Petrie and Son of Brisbane prepared the pedestal. Pillars listing World War II names were added around the memorial on 25 April 1967. Names include 1 Chaplain and 5 Nurses for World War I, and 20 names under Women's Services for World War II.

Plaques around the memorial are headed Enlistments and list 330 names for World War I. The pillars around the perimeter of the memorial carry a combined services badge 1939–1945, and list 421 names for World War II. Of these 32 carry a star, denoting killed in action. Many family names are repeated.
In total there are 814 names inscribed on this memorial in a country town.


The centre plaque reads: Their name liveth for evermore. Erected by the residents of Nanango and district in memory of the soldiers from the military district of Nanango who died in the GREAT WAR 1914-1919, and in recognition of the services of those who enlisted in that war. Unveiled by Major General Sir T W Glasgow, KCB, CMG, DSO, 29th January 1920.

Conflicts commemorated
  • First World War, 1914–1918
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
  • Korean War, 1950–1953
  • Vietnam War, 1962–1972
Memorial type
Commemorative services held

The street parade of the Yarraman 123 Army Cadet Unit, the Wondai Town Band and the returned National Servicemen set the tone for the Dedication Ceremony on 21st August 200 .

(To be confirmed - the year of the ceremony was held is missing in the file they sent us.)

Additional information

Autumn Park is the perfect setting for the National Serviceman s Memorial where the lit flag will fly day and night as a constant reminder of the contribution of the young men who served. National Service was introduced in 1951 and continued to 1972 during which time 187 were killed in action and 1479 wounded.

All who served their time were issued with an official medal bearing their name and number. This record placed them on an official list as a reserve and until aged 55 they could be called up in the event of war.

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor, Nanango Visitor Information Centre
Date recorded
23 March 2009

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