Darling Downs’ war history commemorated as memorials
EVERY country town in Australia has one, our major cities a few. In far-flung corners of the old British Empire, they are present. Some see them as poignant reminders, some see them as morbid, others view them as places of quiet reflection and historical significance.
War memorials, in their various connotations, hold a special place in our society. A focal point of community activity on ANZAC and Remembrance Days, they are ever-present monuments to by-gone conflicts, of lives lived and lives lost, substitute graves for fathers, sons, brothers and uncles who never made it back to Australian shores.
Such memorials also reflect our feelings of nationhood and identity, social conventions and tastes. They are a conscious and deliberate effort to capture and retain a moment in time.
With the imminent arrival of ANZAC Day commemorations, Seniors Newspapers takes a closer look at some of the many war memorials on the Darling Downs, their history, their background and their importance to local communities.
Join us on a journey of exploration through pages four to six of this edition.