Controversy of Toowoomba Mothers Memorial relocation
TOOWOOMBA City Councillors of 1984 courted both controversy and high emotion with their decision to relocate the city's Mothers Memorial.
Having stood proudly at the intersection of Ruthven and Margaret Streets for sixty years, the mere suggestion of moving it was viewed as sacrilegious by many in the community, for this location had served as both a recruiting and send-off point for soldiers in World War I.
Families would wave off their men folk from this central location imbuing it with symbolism and importance.
Bearing the names of fallen soldiers, from throughout the district, the memorial was funded in large part through the proceeds of flower selling. The sweet violet - Toowoomba's floral emblem - was sold in posies to members of the public by grieving mothers of fallen soldiers.
Traffic concerns, however, overrode sentiment and on 10 November 10, 1985, the memorial was relocated to its present site in East Creek Park.
It remains the central focal point for the city's ANZAC Day commemorations.