Coolatai Founding Families War Memorial Monument

Coolatai Founding Families War Memorial Monument, with crowd in foreground, at unveiling ceremony in 2021Coolatai Founding Families War Memorial Monument, close-up of panel 1Coolatai Founding Families War Memorial Monument, close-up of panel 2Coolatai Founding Families War Memorial Monument, close-up of panel 3
Description

Coolatai Village is located north-west of Inverell in NSW. It has a small population but an extensive history of military service. Built in 2021, its Founding Families War Memorial Monument consists of three sandstone pillars, each with a metal panel attached. Each pillar is made up of three sandstone blocks, stacked horizontally on top of one another.

The panels include an honour roll of locals who served in the First and Second Worlds, South East Asia, Afghanistan, and under the National Service Scheme, in the Citizen Military Forces, and Army Reserves. They also feature the biographies of five veterans, four men and one woman, which include photographs, service records, and personal details. 

To the left and right of the pillars are two silhouette sculptures made of metal. On the left is a serviceman and on the right is a servicewoman, accompanied by a horse and a dog. Positioned at the base of the back of the memorial are three large metal poppies, complete with bright red petals. 

Local residents Michelle Coulton and Angela Stewart came up with the idea for a memorial. The project was coordinated by the Coolatai War Memorial Committee, led by Michelle. Research for the panels was completed by Donna Smith and the artistic design was done by Sharon Gilmour. The sandstone blocks came from Warwick Sandstone and Year 11 design students from Warialda High School created the poppies. Funding was received from the Gwydir Shire Council, the local community, and a 'Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grant' from the Australian Government. 

The memorial was unveiled by Donna Smith on 24 April 2021, alongside representatives of the committee and Local Government. It will become the site for various commemorative services to be held throughout the year.

Note: Information about the construction of the memorial was provided by the Coolatai War Memorial Committee. Photographs were provided by Talia Hill from the Inverell Tourist Centre.

Materials
  • Metal
  • Sandstone
Inscription

Panel 1

LEST

Coolatai WW1 Roll of Honour
1914–1918
✝ denotes killed
[Names]

[Royal Australian Navy emblem]
Post WW1
Navy
[Name]

Coolatai Memorial to Departed Soldiers
[Excerpt from an article in the Warialda Standard on 24 April 1922]
[Photograph of honour roll described in article]

Hector William Clarke
23-08-1897 to 04-12-1944
[Photograph and biography]

George Albert Cawkwell
1894 to 07-06-1917
[Biography]

Jesse Judge
1888 to 02-04-1918
[Photograph and biography]

Panel 2

WE

Coolatai WW2 Roll of Honour
1939–1945
✝ denotes killed
Army
[Names]
RAAF
[Names]
Volunteer Defence Corps
[Names]

Post WW2
Those who served
Army
[Names]
RAAF
[Name]
National Service
[Name]
Citizen Military Force
[Names]
Army Reserves
[Names]

Rawdon Hume "Ron"
Middleton VC
22-07-1916 to 29-11-1942
[Photograph and biography]

Panel 3

FORGET

Kathleen Ionie Farr BVSc
14-3-1917 to 19-06-2009
[Photographs and biography]

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Captain John Morrison Archer Second World War, 1939–45 N202110 Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF) 18th Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps view
Corporal Thomas Oxford Ashman First World War, 1914–18 5782 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) 20th Battalion view
Christopher Leigh Beattie Second World War, 1939–45 view
Corporal Trevor Francis Beckett Second World War, 1939–45 NX28949 Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF) 2/1st Australian Pioneer Battalion view
Sergeant Belfield Bone First World War, 1914–18 49 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) 12th Light Horse Regiment view
Robert Hayden Bone First World War, 1914–18 view
Flight Sergeant John Mayo Borthwick Second World War, 1939–45 413518 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 1662 Con Unit view
Second Lieutenant Henry William Bowd First World War, 1914–18 Killed in action (KIA) Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) 6th Light Horse Regiment Sinai - Palestine 1916 - 1918 view
Lance Corporal William Reuben Briggs First World War, 1914–18 712 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) 33rd Battalion view
Second Lieutenant Jack Vincent Brodie First World War, 1914–18 1811 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) 4th Light Horse Regiment view

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Address
Coolatai Reserve
Wallangra-Coolatai Road
Coolatai NSW 2402
Australia
Local Government Area
  • Gwydir Shire
Setting
  • Garden/park
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Board/roll/plaque/tablet
  • Monument
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Year of construction
2021
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date
24 April 2021
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45
  • Afghanistan, 2001–present
  • Peacekeeping, 1947–present
  • Other