2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War. To commemorate this important year, the NSW Government is interviewing WWII veterans about their experiences. Read our 75th Anniversary Stories.
The war memorial at Murwillumbah stands at the front of the council chambers and is in the form of an Ionic Column set upon a pedestal and surmounted by a globe. The monument was made from stone quarried from Tweed Heads in 1923 and has subsequently been painted white. The column itself is an accurate facsimile of an un-fluted Ionic Column with a diameter to height ration of 1 to 8. The capitol is also an accurate rendition of an Ionic capital with perfectly proportioned volutes, and egg and dart moulding. The name of the architect or designer is not known, however the design of the column would suggest the author possessed a classical training. The builders of the monument were the local masons Armitage Bros. The monument faces west as is common with Classical temples and many other war memorials.
The monument contains the names of 218 locals who served and died on active service in the First World War. The names of the dead are contained on three marble plaques inset with lead lettering. The Northern face contains two columns of dead totalling 72, the Southern face contains likewise 72 dead while the Eastern face contains the names of 74 dead in two columns. The memorial was unveiled on Anzac Day 1924 by a wife, a mother and a sister of three of the dead listed on the monument. An additional plaque in black granite was fixed to the plinth in November 1977 and commemorates those who died in subsequent conflicts.
BY THE MOTHERS AND WIDOWS OF THE DECEASED SOLDIERS ON ANZAC DAY, 25 APRIL - 1924
REMEMBER WITH THANKSGIVING THE TRUE AND FAITHFUL MEN WHO IN THE GREAT WAR IOF 1914 - 1919 WENT FORTH FROM THIS PLACE FOR GOD AND RIGHT. THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO RETURNED NOT AGAIN ARE HEREON INSCRIBED TO BE HONOURED FOR EVERMORE
THIS PLAQUE WAS LAID IN MEMORY OT THOSE WHO PAID
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE DURING THE 1939-45 WAR KOREA, MALAYSIA, AND VIETNAM CONFLICTS
BY THE MURWILLUMBAH R.S.L. SUB-BRANCH
6 NOVEMBER 1977
|Rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflict/s||Fate||Service No.||Service||Campaign||Link|
|J||Griffin||World War 1||KIA||view|
|J T||Griffin||World War 1||KIA||view|
|D||Griffiths||World War 1||KIA||view|
|J||Hall||World War 1||KIA||view|
|C R||Hansen||World War 1||KIA||view|
|G||Harper||World War 1||KIA||view|
|D G||Harris||World War 1||KIA||view|
|H||Harris||World War 1||KIA||view|
|R||Harrison||World War 1||KIA||view|
|L I||Hines||World War 1||KIA||view|
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