Junee Reefs–Ivor Hall World War I Memorial

Junee Reefs–Ivor Hall World War I Memorial, front viewJunee Reefs–Ivor Hall World War I Memorial, closeup of columnJunee Reefs–Ivor Hall World War I Memorial, closeup of inscriptionsJunee Reefs–Ivor Hall World War I Memorial, photograph from 1923
Description

The proposal to erect a memorial originated on 13 December 1920 from the Junee Reefs School Parents & Citizens Association, led by Mr C W Middlebrook, longstanding headmaster; Mr M J Nash, president of the association; Mr A E Harris, secretary of the association; and district residents to honour the servicemen who had attended the school and paid the supreme sacrifice in the First World War.

Money was collected within the district by voluntary subscriptions. The district was canvassed for donations to erect the memorial. It was erected by Turner and Sons in the Junee Reefs school grounds, crown land, approximately 300 metres west of its present hall site. The contract price was £200.

When the school closed in 1945 the Lands Department wanted to dispose of the site. The Department suggested that Illabo Shire Council become trustees of the memorial and remove it, to which the council considered the wishes of the district. Alternative suggestions were that the memorial be presented to the Junee RSL or the Ex-Services Memorial Club. The people of Junee Reefs called a community meeting at which it was decided to keep the memorial.

A decision was made in 1947 that this memorial in the school grounds be placed under the care of the hall committee. The motion to move the monument down to the hall occurred at this time and was defeated.

In January 2006, Gladys and Robert Bak from the Integrated Servicepeople’s Association of Australia (Inc) approached the community with a view of providing assistance to have the memorial restored to a better condition and have the gold lettering enhanced. The Association held an interest in military history and with the philosophy of ‘keeping the spirit alive’ considered that the memorial at Junee Reefs needed to be maintained and kept for heritage purposes as a tribute to the fallen from the district of Junee Reefs. This would be appreciated by the current families living in the area, their future generations, the veteran community and perhaps the odd visitor to the area. 

At the Junee Reefs Hall Committee annual general meeting on Wednesday, 15 February 2006, it was decided the upgrade of the memorial would proceed and it was suggested that the memorial be moved to the hall grounds. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs was contacted requesting approval and asking for a grant application assisting with this project. To be successful the proposed submission needed to show the support of the community and the local Junee Shire Council.

In 2007 the Junee Reefs Hall Committee decided to move the War Memorial from its lone position to take pride of place in front of the Junee Reefs–Ivor Hall. This was undertaken with the assistance of the Integrated Service People’s Association of Australia.

Grants were received from the DVA to restore the monument and have lettering regilded, but relocation was not funded. Monies for this came from donations from local residents, various businesses and families of soldiers named on the monuments. The soldier statue was removed by crane and taken to Wagga Wagga to be cleaned and restored, and the lettering to be updated. The pedestal, laying on bales of hay on the back of a truck, was transported to its present-day site.

Work commenced in 2007 when the community residents needed to clear area around memorial, check foundation base and remove fencing. At the same time a concrete slab needed to be prepared in the new location at the all grounds before the uplift and relocation of the memorial. A new flagpole was also erected at the new site.

Materials
  • Granite
  • Marble
Inscription

Eastern face:

ERECTED BY
JUNEE REEFS
P.&C. Assn.
& DISTRICT RESIDENTS

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR FALLEN HEROES WHO
ANSWERED DUTY'S CALL IN
THE GREAT EUROPEAN WAR
1914-19.

“THEY FREELY GAVE THEIR ALL”

[list of names]

Southern face:

A
TRIBUTE
OF
HONOR
TO
THE BRAVE BOYS
OF THIS DISTRICT
WHO ANSWERED
THE EMPIRE'S CALL
AND FOUGHT FOR US
AND LIBERTY
IN THE
GREAT EUROPEAN WAR
1914-19

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Private Eric Ball First World War, 1914–18 Killed in action (KIA) 2046 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) AIF 35th Battalion (Infantry) Somme 1918 view
Private Joseph Brown First World War, 1914–18 Killed in action (KIA) 917 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) AIF 1st Battalion - C Company Gallipoli 1915 view
Private Martin Dillon First World War, 1914–18 Killed in action (KIA) 1336 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) AIF 2nd Battalion - 2nd Reinforcement Gallipoli 1915 view
Private Vivian Hancock First World War, 1914–18 Killed in action (KIA) 1772 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) 4th Battalion (Infantry) Gallipoli 1915 view
Private Thomas Hancock First World War, 1914–18 Killed in action (KIA) 1771 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) 4th Battalion (Infantry) Gallipoli 1915 view
Private Allan Hillam First World War, 1914–18 Killed in action (KIA) 7357 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) AIF 3rd Battalion (Infantry) Somme 1918 view
Lance Corporal Peter Kahlefeldt First World War, 1914–18 Killed in action (KIA) 6772 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) AIF 2nd Battalion Somme 1918 view
Private Charles Mills First World War, 1914–18 Killed in action (KIA) 1560 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) AIF 3rd Battalion (Infantry) Gallipoli 1915 view
Private John Moore First World War, 1914–18 Killed in action (KIA) 5867 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) 17th Battalion Somme 1916 - 1917 view
Private Alfred Robbins First World War, 1914–18 Killed in action (KIA) 1426 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) AIF 4th Battalion - B Company Gallipoli 1915 view
Address
Junee Reefs–Ivor Hall
419 Junee Reefs Rd
Junee Reefs NSW 2666
Local Government Area
  • Junee Shire
Setting
  • Building – outside
Location/surrounding area
In front of the hall
Location status
Moved/altered
Originally built on Junee Reefs school grounds. The school was closed in 1945, and the memorial stayed until 2007 when it was upgraded and moved to the hall grounds.
Memorial type
  • Cenotaph
  • Statue/sculpture
Recorded by
Janice Brabin
Established date
1921
Established Date format: 
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Established date
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Dedication date: 
Rededicated by Padre Charlies Whitton, ARTC Kapooka, 25/04/2008
Dedication date
01 January 1970
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18

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