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Moree Anzac Centenary Memorial Park

Moree Anzac Centenary Memorial Park
Moree Anzac Centenary Memorial Park
Moree Anzac Centenary Memorial Park
Moree Anzac Centenary Memorial Park, close-up of plinth with dedication plaque
Moree Anzac Centenary Memorial Park, close-up of some veteran plaques on site
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Description / Background

Arising out of discussions concerning the proposed Moree highway bypass, a community liaison group was established to liase between the community and the Roads and Maritime Services on design aspects of the bypass plans. An Environmental Impact Statement determined a park should be constructed and have a heritage theme. It was suggested to honour the Anzac Centenary. The memorial elements were proposed by Councillor John Tramby (Returned & Services League) from the Moree Plains Shire Council.

The park contains a row of Kurrajong trees along Gosport Street, plaques on plinths for individual soldiers, a perforated interpretive metal mural on a small structure, and a dedication panel. The memorial was designed by CM Architecture and is located on the former Moree Railway Institute tennis courts.

The memorial was officially opened by His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales, on 12 March 2016. 


Dedication panel

Anzac Centenary Memorial

Officially opened by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor of NSW Saturday 12 March 2016

This memorial is a place to honour and remember the sacrifice of all men and women from the Moree region who fought and died in World War I.

In February 1916, local men enlisted to fight for 'King and Country'. They left Moree by train traveling to Armidale for basic army training, forming what would become the first 33rd Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Battalion. This march became known as the Kurrajong March, one of many enlistment marches in NSW at that time. The Kurrajong tree commonly found in the Moree landscape is a hardy tree, symbolic of those who volunteered in WWI. Many were never to return. The shape of the Kurrajong leaf and seed pod is the same shape as the shoulder patch of the 33rd AIF Battalion. The Battalion left Australia in May 1916 for further training in the United Kingdom, before traveling to France, joining the Western Front in November 1916. They served in major battles over the next two years including Messines, Passchendaele and Villers-Bretonneux. A row of Kurrajong trees has been planted along Gosport Street in remembrance of these men.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
Private John Alfred Adams World War 1 808 AIF Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium view
Lance Corporal Stanley Frank Albon World War 1 1003 AIF Egypt view
Private George Herbert Alderslade World War 1 5226 AIF France view
Private Godfrey Hugh W Allison World War 1 2273 AIF Belgium view
Sergeant Eric Gordon Arentz World War 1 59464 AIF England view
Second Lieutenant Ernest Andrew C Atkinson World War 1 AIF Belgium view
Private Robert Bailey World War 1 695 AIF France view
Corporal John McDonald Baird World War 1 1655 AIF France view
Private Roy Oswald Bartier World War 1 2118 AIF Gallipoli, Turkey view
Private Robert Leslie Beard World War 1 853 AIF Quinn's Post, Gallipoli, Turkey view

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Cnr Anne and Gosport Streets
Moree NSW 2400
Local Government Area
Moree Plains Shire
Memorial type
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Year of construction
Dedication date
12 March 2016
First World War, 1914–18