Moree Aboriginal Servicemen Memorial

Moree Aboriginal Servicemen MemorialTranquility commemorative area, with the Moree Aboriginal Servicemen Memorial on the right-hand side
Description

This memorial is a large sandstone bushrock, bearing a bronze honour roll plaque. The roll lists Aboriginal servicemen who enlisted in the First and Second World Wars. It includes their name, rank, conflict, serial number, service unit, and years of birth and death. The names were compiled by Noeline Briggs-Smith OAM, Aboriginal elder, researcher, author, and cultural presenter. The plaque is simply decorated, with a Rising Sun emblem at the top and crossed rifles and a boomerang at the bottom.

The memorial is located in a commemorative area within the Aboriginal portion of Moree Cemetery, which has been restored and identified as the final resting place of the Aboriginal people. The area was developed by the Moree Aboriginal Corporation and is known as 'Tranquility'. It features a semi-circular retaining wall, with in-built seating, garden beds, and two other large bushrocks. Attached to these rocks are two plaques for individual Aboriginal servicemen, listed separately on the NSW War Memorials Register as Gunner Percy Adam Morris Suey Memorial Plaque, Moree and Private Ronald Thomas Smith Memorial Plaque, Moree.

The honour roll was funded by the Federal Government's 'Saluting Their Service' programme, awarded by the Hon. Alan Griffin, Minister for Veteran's Affairs. The grant was given to both the Moree Plains Shire Council and the Aboriginal section of the Moree library to create the roll based on Aunty Noeline's research.

The memorial was officially dedicated by David Williams, President of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Veterans Association. Mr Williams came from Sydney to officiate at the ceremony, which was in honour of every Aboriginal service person. 

Materials
  • Bronze
  • Sandstone
Inscription

Honour roll

'Saluting their Service'
Aboriginal Servicemen Australian Allied Forces
[Names]
"Lest we forget"
Resting in Peace in Kamilaroi Land

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflicts Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Private Edwin Cecil Creighton Second World War, 1939–45 NX72604 Australian Army 2/13th Battalion view
Gunner Ernest P Creighton Second World War, 1939–45 NX37276 Australian Army 7th Australian Field Regiment view
Private Eric Walford Dahlstrom Second World War, 1939–45 NX172312 (N296847) Australian Army 4 Ordnance Ammunition Company Australian Army Ordnance Corps view
Private Albert Denny Dennison Second World War, 1939–45 QX5851 Australian Army 2/2nd Headquarters Guard Battalion view
Private Leslie A Dillon Second World War, 1939–45 NX113587 (N169329) Australian Army 2nd Australian Garrison Battalion view
Private Oscar Raymond Dillon Second World War, 1939–45 N153564 Australian Army 56th Battalion view
Private Harold Ernest Duke Second World War, 1939–45 N168973 Australian Army 2nd Australian Artillery Training Regiment view
Private Walter Herbert Duncan Second World War, 1939–45 3477 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) 1st Light Horse Regiment (30th Reinforcements) view
Private Harold French Second World War, 1939–45 NX41253 Australian Army 5th Training Battalion view
Private James Henry Jenkins Second World War, 1939–45 N280428 Australian Army 11th Australian Garrison Battalion view

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Address
Moree Cemetery
Greenbah Road and Gwydir Highway
Moree NSW 2400
Australia
Local Government Area
  • Moree Plains Shire
Setting
  • Garden/park
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Board/roll/plaque/tablet
  • Stone/bushrock
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Established Date format: 
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Established date
'; print $new_date; } else{ print ''; }
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45