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100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood

The Battle of Polygon Wood 2017

One hundred years ago, in a young forest plantation near Belgium, Australian soldiers fought bravely in what is known as the Battle of Polygon Wood.

A large contingency of Queensland soldiers fought in the battle on 26 September 1917. These soldiers came from communities all over Queensland and showed values such as mateship, courage, duty, teamwork and integrity.

The Battle of Polygon Wood was considered a victory with the Australians contributing to the successful advance as part of the second phase of the Third Battle of Ypres on the Western Front. Sadly, more than 5,700 Australians were either killed or injured.

Commemorative ceremonies

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood and to honour all Queensland soldiers who fought in this battle, communities in Cairns, Rockhampton and Roma will hold special commemorative ceremonies on Sunday 24 September 2017. Ceremonies will include a tree planting service, unveiling of a plaque and local community engagement.

Polygon Wood patchwork tree

In addition to the commemorative ceremonies, an interactive children’s activity will be exhibited at participating libraries including Cairns, Rockhampton, Cloncurry and Roma. While helping to create the Polygon Wood patchwork tree, children will have the chance to learn more about the battle, the Anzac values and local soldiers.

Polygon Wood Patchwork Tree
Date and time Event
24 September 2017, 9am Commemorative ceremony—Cairns
Cairns War Cemetery, within Manunda Cemetery, Martyn Street, Cairns. Free event, no registration required. For enquiries phone 07 4044 3044.
24 September 2017, 11am Commemorative ceremony—Roma
Roma Cenotaph, Bungil Street, Memorial Park, Roma. Free event, no registration required. For enquiries phone 1300 007 662.
24 September 2017, 10.30am Commemorative ceremony—Rockhampton
Rockhampton War Memorial, Botanic Gardens, Penlington Street, Rockhampton. Free event, no registration required. For enquiries phone 07 4932 9000.
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 September–3 October 2017 Polygon Wood patchwork tree—Cairns
Cairns City Library, 151 Abbott Street. For enquiries see opening hours or phone 07 4044 3720.
25–30 September 2017 Polygon Wood patchwork tree—Roma
Roma Library, 38–44 Hawthorne Street. For enquiries see opening hours or phone 07 4624 0301.
25 September–3 October 2017 Polygon Wood patchwork tree—Rockhampton
Rockhampton Regional Library, 230 Bolsover Street. For enquiries see opening hours or phone 07 4936 8265.

Grants now open


Spirit of Service grant program

The Spirit of Service Anzac Centenary small grants program provides grants of up to $20,000. Round four is now open for applications until Sunday, 15 October 2017.

The Lasting Legacies large grants program provides grants from $20,001 to $80,000. Round six is open from 21 August 2017 to 28 January 2018.

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