Herberton War Memorial

Herberton, Tablelands Area

Herberton's war memorial, a popular 'Digger' soldier statue-stands out, and not just because of its soldier's posture: erect, head high. This monument specifically acknowledges an Aboriginal serviceman among its honoured.

The painted stone memorial, unveiled in the early 1920s, is a tribute to 199 local men who enlisted in WWI. Australians were proud of their army of volunteers: many monuments accordingly record all names, providing a rich insight into the community's support of the war.

The plinth on which the khaki uniformed soldier stands also identifies 28 war dead: 21 killed and seven died on service, including a man designated as Aboriginal.

Monumental masons AL Petrie and Sons of Brisbane created this memorial, part of their own virtual army of soldier statues embodying the ANZAC traits of loyalty, courage, youth, innocence and masculinity.

A path leads to the memorial, now set in established gardens. A captured gun or 'war trophy' is located at the front of the monument.

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