Moree Anzac Centenary Memorial Park

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Description

Arising out of discussions concerning the Moree proposed highway by-pass, a community liaison group was established to liase between the community and the Roads and Maritime Services on design aspects of the bypass. An Environmental Impact Statement determined that the park should have a heritage theme. It was suggested to honour the Anzac Centenary theme.

The memorial was proposed by Councillor John Tramby (Returned Services League) from the Moree Plains Shire Council. It is located in the Anzac Centenary Park and consists of various sections: a row of Kurrajong trees along Gosport Street within the park; plaques on plinths for the individual soldiers; a perforated interpretive metal mural on a small structure; and a Dedication Panel. The memorial was designed by CM Architecture and is located on the former Moree Railway Institute tennis courts.

The memorial was officially opened by His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales on Saturday 12 March 2016. 

Inscription

ANZAC CENTENARY MEMORIAL

Officially Opened by
His Excellence General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)
Governor of New South Wales
Saturday 12 March 2016

This memorial is a place to honour and remember the sacrifice of all men and women from the Moree region who fought and died in World War I.

In February 1916, local men enlisted to fight for 'King and Country'. They left Moree by train travelling to Armidale for basic army training, forming what would become the first 33rd Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Battalion. This march became known as the Kurrajong March, one of many enlistment marches in NSW at that time. The Kurrajong tree commonly found in the Moree landscape is a hardy tree, symbolic of those who volunteered in WW1. Many were never to return. The shape of the Kurrajong leaf and seed pod is the same shape as the shoulder patch of the 33rd AIF Battalion. The Battalion left Australia in May 1916 for further training in the United Kingdom, before travelling to France, joining the Western Front in November 1916. They served in major battles over the next two years including Messines, Passchendaele and Villers-Bretonneux. A row of Kurrajong trees has been planted along Gosport Street in rememberance of these men.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflicts Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Private John Alfred Adams World War 1 DOW 6/10/1917 808 AIF 41st Battalion Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium view
Lance Corporal Stanley Frank Albon World War 1 DOD 21/8/1918 1003 AIF 7th L H Regiment Egypt view
Private George Herbert Alderslade World War 1 KIA 24/11/1916 5226 AIF 47th Battalion France view
Private Godfrey Hugh W Allison World War 1 KIA 9/6/1917 2273 AIF 33rd Battalion Belgium view
Sergeant Eric Gordon Arentz World War 1 DOI 24/9/1919 59464 AIF 3rd Aust Inf Batt England view
Second Lieutenant Ernest Andrew C Atkinson World War 1 DOW 13/10/1917 AIF 9th Aust M G Coy Belgium view
Private Robert Bailey World War 1 KIA 31/8/1915 695 AIF 19th Battalion France view
Corporal John McDonald Baird World War 1 KIA 12/11/1916 1655 AIF 19th Battalion France view
Private Roy Oswald Bartier World War 1 DOW 15/8/1915 2118 AIF 13th Battalion Gallipoli, Turkey view
Private Robert Leslie Beard World War 1 DOW 15/6/1915 853 AIF 10th L H Regiment Quinn's Post, Gallipoli, Turkey view
Address
Anzac Centenary Memorial Park
Corner of Anne and Gosport Streets
Moree NSW 2400
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM
Established date
2014
Dedication date
12/03/2016
Conflict/s
World War 1

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