Colac Soldier's Memorial Back to Search

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Location Memorial Square, Murray Street, Colac, Colac-Otway - Victoria, Australia
Type memorial

Large sandstone structure

The Colac Memorial Square, bounded by Murray, Gellibrand, Dennis and Hesse Streets, is a World War 1 memorial reserve that evolved from the Market Reserve set aside when Colac was surveyed in 1864. Now known as Memorial Square, the areas incorporates a large walk-in war memorial (c1924) at its centre designed by Frederick Sales, and a generally symmetrical path system with extensive plantings of mature Ulmus procera (English Elm) framing the centrepiece. The Memorial Square also includes a number of memorials that commemorate members of the community, including those to Andrew Fisher, Fountain The St Johns Gymnastic Club, Rotary Club Clock, the Cliff Young Memorial Track and Plaque, the Lone Pine Plaque and the Jack Dillon Fountain and Plaque. The square is the focal point for community activities in the district, and is a popular recreational site providing respite for travellers passing through the Shire.

Built Not yet discovered
Opened 15 November 1924 by Lieutenant-General Sir Harry Chauvel

Front Inscription

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Gallipoli Bullecourt
Palestine Paschendale
Flanders Villers Brettoneaux
Pozieres Mont St Quinton

Left Side Inscription
National Service 1951 - 1972
This Memorial Is Dedicated To All National Servicemen Who Met Their Obligations By Serving In The Australian Navy, Army Or Air Force As Part Of The National Service Schemes Between 1951 And 1972
Service To The Nation

World War II
1939- 1945
Korean War
They Died For Us
R.A.N. [Names]
A.M.F [Names]
R.A.A.F. [Names]
Right Side Inscription
A Tribute From The City And Shire Of Colac To Those Who Served In The Following Campaigns.

Malaya 1948 - 1960
Borneo 1962 - 1966
Malay Peninsula 1964 - 1965
Vietnam 1962 - 1972
"Lest We Forget"

World War II
1939- 1945
Korean War
They Died For Us


Boer War 1899 - 1902. This Tablet Commemorates The Death, In The Cause Of Empire, Of Four Young Men Of The District. [ Names ] Who Were Killed Fighting In South Africa, And Thomas Yates, Who Died Immediately Upon His Return To Victoria.

Inscription in Proximity
Town of Colac Shire of Colac War Memorial World War II. Korean War. Unveiled by His Excellency, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutentant-General Sir Edmund Herring, K.C.M.G., K.B.E., D.S.O. Saturday 3rd August 1957

Plaque 2 :

The citizens of Colac Otway Shire dedicate this plaque to the women who served their country in times of war. Lest We Forget. 50th anniversary of peace. 15th August 1995

Plaque 3 :

This garden of peace is dedicated to the men and women of the Colac Otway area who volunteered for active service. Lest We Forget. 50th anniversary of peace. 15th August 1995




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CRACKNELL, Ralph Bertram Webb

Service number 1025
Lance Sergeant
30th Infantry Battalion
Born 1892

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HODGSON, William Roy

Service number OFFICER
2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born 22 May 1892

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DICKMAN, Ernest Arthur

Service number 2632A
7th Infantry Battalion

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MURPHY, Arthur Edward

Service number OFFICER
5th Victorian Mounted Rifles
Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion)

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BLOMELEY, Sylvester William

Service number 785
22nd Infantry Battalion
Born 19 Jan 1888

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MISSEN, Oliver Richard

Service number 1973
21st Infantry Battalion
Born 4 Aug 1889

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FISH, George Melrose

Service number 99
Lance Sergeant
Born 1891

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LAUCHS, Henry August

Service number Q89261
1 Garrison Battalion
Australian Military Forces (WW2)
Born 13 Mar 1894

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