Gunnedah Public School First World War Honour Roll

Gunnedah Public School First World War Honour RollGunnedah Public School First World War Honour Roll, close-up
Description

This marble honour roll features a scroll with the names of former Gunnedah Public School students. It has the British and Australian flags at the top with the rising sun military emblem. It also features the tesselated tiles symbolism and the classic columns from the Masonic Lodge Order. Apart from the off-white marble, the memorial also features coloured granite.

The monument was unveiled by the Gunnedah Mayoress Mrs McDonagh in August 1920. The Sydney Mail on 25 August 1920 published a photograph of the honour roll. After its unveiling, the Gunnedah Public School memorial had names added to it following the name F Pike. These names were from R Coote to G E Smith.

The memorial was created by Michael William Hardy, who was born on 2 August 1867. As noted before, the honour rolls created by M W Hardy of Narrabri used scrolls and symbolism from the Masonic Lodge Order. He developed his monumental masonry company based on the use of the distinctive grey white marble at a quarry near Warialda. This is the distinctive style of his honour rolls and a similar one can be seen at the Uralla Central School. He developed a number of honour rolls throughout the North West and New England Regions. He died in Narrabri in December 1950. 

The honour roll is still located at the front of the school building. The Gunnedah Public School has moved to a new site and the site is now occupied by the Carinya Christian School.

Materials
  • Granite
  • Marble
Inscription

GUNNEDAH PUBLIC SCHOOL HONOUR ROLL

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces

For King and Country

1914 1919

[Names]

Veterans listed on this memorial

Address
Carinya Christian School
48 Elgin Street
Gunnedah NSW 2380
Local Government Area
  • Gunnedah Shire
Setting
  • Building – outside
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Established date
1920
Established Date format: 
$e_original_date = $entity->field_established['und'][0]['value']; if (!empty($e_original_date)) { $changed_date = strtotime($e_original_date); $new_date = date("d F Y", $changed_date); print '
Established date
'; print $new_date; } else{ print ''; }
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18

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