Topic: New Brighton Cenotaph

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Unveiled on 1 November 1925.

"To the glory of God, and in proud and loving memory of the men of New Brighton who laid down their lives for their country, we unveil this memorial." With these words his Excellency the Governor-General, Sir Charles Fergusson, unveiled the New Brighton War Memorial yesterday afternoon. The weather was fine, though windy, and a large gathering assembled on the Esplanade to witness the ceremony.

Full report from The Press, 2 November 1925

Design of the cenotaph

The New Brighton Soldier's Memorial Committee was established by the New Brighton Borough Council to organise a memorial for those from the local district who served in the first World War.

The design of the memorial was selected from a number of submissions. The selected design was by "Mr J. Tait - a cenotaph in Australian white stone".

It was decided that the only inscription to be inscribed on the cenotaph should be the words "To our honoured dead," and the words around the memorial in bold lettering, France, Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Gallipoli, Flanders. Provision is made for a foundation stone to be fitted into the base course of the cenotaph, which will be approached by a series of steps. It was decided to have a flood-light placed on the band rotunda, throwing continued light on to the cenotaph.

 

New Brighton Cenotaph - newspaper report

 

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New Brighton Cenotaph


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