Cairns Cenotaph and Memorial site

The Cairns Cenotaph and memorial site is a place of cultural and historic significance for the Cairns community.

The memorial is surmounted by a statue of a digger and records the names of 142 men and women from the region who served in World War I. Designed to incorporate a much-needed public clock, the clock faces are now painted replicas showing 4.28am - the time the ANZAC forces landed at Gallipoli on the ill-fated 25 April 1915. Originally installed at the intersection of Abbott and Shields Streets, the cenotaph was moved to its present site in 1972. 

The nearby historic node contains information about the impact of war on the Cairns community, and the history of the cenotaph and memorial site.

Cairns Cenotaph – guns component

The gun to the south of the Cenotaph is a rare 5" breech-loading gun, rifle barrelled, mounted on a slide recoil system. This gun was made by the Railway Carriage Department, in Woolwich, England in 1887. The gun to the north is a 25lb artillery piece, Mark II, c.1940. This type of gun was the main field gun used by the British and Commonwealth Military forces from 1940 to the 1970s.

Conservation of the Cairns Cenotaph Guns Component; 5" breech-loading gun and 25lb field gun, was carried out in 2001. The conservation treatment reports contain a wealth of information relating to the preservation of these guns.

Memorial Gardens

The Memorial Gardens were created to acknowledge the valuable contribution made to our community by volunteers, emergency service workers and military service personnel.

Memorial Flame

The Memorial Flame artwork is at the end of the Memorial Gardens. It was created in remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties.

Cairns Cenotaph
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