Cairns Cenotaph

Details

Location The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Type memorial
Description

The Sailors` and Soldiers` War Memorial is a clock tower surmounted by a statue of a `digger` which was erected in memory of the fallen of World War One. The names of two women appear on the list of the fallen.

Originally the memorial had a 4-faced electric clock, which served as the town clock however the clock is now missing and clock dials have since been painted to represent 4.28am, the time of the original landing of the ANZAC`s on Gallipoli. The memorial was the most costly World War One memorial in Queensland.

It was relocated to its present position in 1972.

"The memorial was unveiled on Anzac Day 1926 by His Worship, The Mayor of Cairns, Alderman A.J.Draper. The cost of the memorial which was erected by Melrose and Fenwick was £2074. After the day portion of the ceremony was completed at 9pm that night the "Last Post" was sounded by Bugler H Brown, a native of the Etheridge District, in front of a silent crowd of between 600 and 700 persons."
Townsville Daily Bulletin, 29th April 1926.

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Built Melrose & Fenwick
Opened 25 April 1926 by Alderman A J Draper, Mayor of Cairns
Inscription

TO THE SACRED MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO ENLISTED FROM
CAIRNS AND MADE THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

THE MOMENTS PASS, BUT NE'ER SHALL DIE
THE MEMORY OF OUR HONOURED DEAD.
WHO MARCHING WHITHER DUTY LEAD
WITH DEATH, MET IMMORTALITY

THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO PAID THE PRICE FOR US
AND FOR THE LAND WE LOVE
BE BEACON FIRES TO ALL WHO MOVE
ON LOWLIER WAYS OF SACRIFICE

HOW SLEEP THE BRAVE WHO SINK TO REST
BY ALL THEIR COUNTRY'S WISHES BLEST.

(Names)

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS

(Names)

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

(Names)

Condition

Good

Names

Showing 8 people of interest from memorial

SCRUTTON, Arthur Edward

Service number 2971
Private
54th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 31 Jul 1882

GIBBINS, Robert Henry

Service number 6024
Private
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Sep 1892

O'NEILL, William

Service number 4258
Sergeant
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 22 Jan 1886

BIRCH, Thomas

Service number 1516
Private
2nd Machine Gun Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 18 Sep 1889

WALSH, John Francis

Service number OFFICER
Major
15th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Feb 1890

MISSINGHAM, Walter James

Service number 5184
Private
47th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 5 Jun 1900

HANNEYSEE, Percival John

Service number 7072
Private
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 24 Nov 1899

DALZIEL, George Robert

Service number 5673
Private
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1