Arising out of discussions concerning the proposed Moree highway bypass, a community liaison group was established to liase between the community and the Roads and Maritime Services on design aspects of the bypass plans. An Environmental Impact Statement determined a park should be constructed and have a heritage theme. It was suggested to honour the Anzac Centenary theme. The memorial elements were proposed by Councillor John Tramby (Returned Services League) from the Moree Plains Shire Council.
The park contains a row of Kurrajong trees along Gosport Street, plaques on plinths for 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.
ANZAC CENTENARY MEMORIAL
Officially opened by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor of NSW 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 WWI. 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.
|Rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflict/s||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|
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