War memorial at Crows Nest stands tall since 1918
THE 97-year-old Crows Nest Memorial will be re-dedicated after undergoing a $55,000 refurbishment.
Funded by the Queensland Government, Toowoomba Regional Council and with fundraising by the Crows Nest Queensland RSL sub-branch, restoration works included replacing the cenotaph with sandstone and a base of Crows Nest Granite.
RSL club treasurer Robert Rolfe has researched the memorial's history and said on November 25, 1916 the Crows Nest Shire Council called for tenders for a soldiers' memorial to be erected.
"The finished memorial was unveiled on July 1, 1918 with the names of the fallen from World War One. At this time there was no soldier on top of the memorial and it is only known from photos of the period that it was added in the early 1920s.
"It has only been discovered recently when paint was removed on examination for rebuilding costs that it was made entirely from marble.
"Recent research has shown that it was imported from Italy and used as a model for sandstone soldiers for other memorials."
The ceremony will be held tomorrow, 10am at the Crows Nest Memorial with morning tea afterwards at the Crows Nest RSL and Community Centre.
Guests include Mayor Paul Antonio, Toowoomba Regional councillors and the 7th Sig Regiment from Cabarlah will provide an honour guard and catafalque party.