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Gilgai War Memorial

Gilgai War Memorial
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Gilgai War Memorial, front
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Gilgai War Memorial, Second World War side
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Gilgai War Memorial, close-up of honour roll names
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Gilgai War Memorial, 2015 plaques
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Gilgai War Memorial plaques, close-up of 2015 plaques
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Description / Background

The Gilgai War Memorial is a polished stone obelisk, made of blue granite, positioned on two blocks of the same material. Inscribed into these blocks are dedications and honour rolls for the First and Second World Wars, highlighted in gold. The memorial stands on top of several rough granite blocks and is surrounded by two sets of decorative fences, each consisting of pillars joined by metal posts or panels. 

The memorial was unveiled on 5 August 1923 by Mrs Woodford, who had two sons from the area killed during the First World War. During the ceremony Reverend E. H. Stammer stated, "this little centre sent every eligible man, totalling 79, to the war, and of those 11 had been killed." The Lands Department dedicated half an acre of land to the village for the memorial (The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 August 1923). 

The Gilgai Public Hall and Recreation Reserves Trust took over care of the memorial in 2011. On 23 September, the Trust received a 'Saluting their Service' grant from the Australian Government to install memorial plaques for the South African (Boer) War, Korea, the Indonesian Confrontation (Malaysia), Vietnam, and Australian National Service. They were installed in 2015 in time for Anzac Day commemorations. Phoenix Foundry cast the plaques and they were installed by Inverell's Thorley and Sons. 

In 2020, the Gilgai Public Hall & Recreation Reserves Land Manager (GPHRRLM) Board, formerly the Gilgai Hall Trust, received a Community War Memorials Fund grant from the NSW Government to conserve, repair, and protect the memorial. Image 1 above shows the memorial following the project, which was completed in April 2022. 

Inscription

Side 1

Gilgai Soldiers Memorial
In everlasting memory of those who fell in the Great War 1914–1918.
[Names]

Side 2

Gilgai Soldiers Memorial
In everlasting memory of those who fell in World War 2 1939–1945.
[Names]

Plaque 1

Dedicated to all Australian National Servicemen
1961–1972
who served, suffered and died

Plaque 2

Korea
1950–1953
Died 340
Wounded more than 1160

Malaysia
1965–1966
Died 36
Wounded 53

Plaque 3

Those who served
Vietnam
1962–1963
Number of Australians served 60000
Killed in action
Died of wounds and others 521
Wounded more than 3000

Plaque 4

South Africa (Boer War)
11-10-1899 1-6-1902
Colonial and Commonwealth Contingents

Number enlisted 16463
Killed in action, death of wounds and other 606
Wounded 553
Prisoners of war 100
Number enlisted from Inverell and District 111

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
F Sgt J S Baldwin WW2 404879 RAAF view
Pte O A Cross World War 1 814 Army view
Tpr C Daskey World War 1 1192 Army view
Gunner H J Ferris World War 2 N95718 Army view
Pte F J Hines World War 1 2790 Army view
Pte L Madden World War 1 Army view
Pte B E Marsh World War 1 2353 Army view
W Off D H McNaught World War 2 413135 RAAF view
Pte P Rooney World War 1 4590 Army view
Lieut V Schwenke World War 2 NX34876 Army view

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Address
Gilgai Memorial Park
Cnr Stannifer and Marsh Streets
Gilgai NSW 2360
Local Government Area
Inverell Shire
Setting
Garden/park
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
Obelisk
Recorded by
Cristina Schwenke. D. A. Wiedemann. Graham Wilson.
Dedication date
05 August 1923
Conflict/s
South African War (Boer War), 1899–1902
First World War, 1914–18
Second World War, 1939–45
Korean War, 1950–53
Indonesian Confrontation, 1963–66
Vietnam War, 1962–75
Materials
Bronze
Granite