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100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood

Commemorations for the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood took place in Cairns, Rockhampton and Roma on Sunday 24 September 2017.

Planting a tree in memory of local servicemen at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

The Hon Billy Byrne MP, Cr Margaret Strelow and Jon Cookson, great nephew of Farrier Sergeant John Wynd, plant a tree in memory of local servicemen at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

Communities across Queensland reflected on the lives of the soldiers who fought for freedom and peace 100 years ago in the muddy, ruined forest of Polygon Wood. The community joined with descendants in Cairns, Rockhampton and Roma, planting commemorative trees to provide a living reminder of the sacrifices the Queensland soldiers made. Over 500 people attended the commemorations.

The Battle of Polygon Wood was considered a success, with the Australian troops advancing the line behind a protective barrage of artillery fire—even assisting in the capture of German pill-boxes which were protected by enemy machine gunners. However, victory came at a cost of 5770 Australian casualties.

Commemorations will continue until 22 October 2017 with interactive art displays available in Cloncurry and Roma libraries. Children can colour in a polygon depicting the Anzac value they most admire, and attach it to the patchwork tree. The interactive art display teaches children about the values our Anzacs stand for: mateship, courage, duty, teamwork and integrity.

A special thank you to Cairns, Rockhampton and Maranoa Regional Councils, and Cloncurry Shire Council for helping Queensland to honour this special anniversary.

Polygon Wood Patchwork Tree
Date and time Event
25 September–22 October 2017 Polygon Wood patchwork tree—Cloncurry
Bob McDonald Library, 43 Scarr Street. For enquiries see opening hours or phone 07 4742 1588.
25–22 October 2017 Polygon Wood patchwork tree—Roma
Roma Library, 38–44 Hawthorne Street. For enquiries see opening hours or phone 07 4624 0301.
The Battle of Polygon Wood 2017

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The Lasting Legacies large grants program provides grants from $20,001 to $80,000. Round six is now open for applications until Sunday, 28 January 2018.

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