National memory – Australia’s war memorials. Presented by Dr Roy Lumby
Friday, 22 May 2015 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm (AEST)
The first memorial to a man enlisted in an Australian military unit, and killed in a foreign war, was unveiled in honour of Sergeant Major George Griffin at Sydney Town Hall in April 1900.
He was a member of the first NSW contingent raised in response to the outbreak of the Boer War in South Africa towards the end of 1899.
Queensland’s first known war memorial honours Lieutenant John Caskey, a school teacher at Leichhardt Street School (later Brisbane Central) and member of the Fifth Contingent who was killed in action in September 1901. A plaque was unveiled at the school on 12 December 1901.
A light supper will be served after the talk at approximately 8.30pm.
Please aim to be seated by 7.15 pm.
For enquiries call David Rozenker–Apted on (02) 9878 2511.