CALL FOR COMMUNITY INPUT

Plaques to Remember and Honour the Fallen of All Australian Conflicts

Sherwood Indooroopilly RSL Sub-branch seeks the views of the local community about a project to Remember and Honour the Fallen of All Australian Conflicts by affixing new plaques to three local World War I Memorials.

Before any bronze is cast, Sherwood Indooroopilly RSL Sub-branch seeks your input into the project to ‘Remember and Honour the Fallen of All Australian Conflicts’ by attaching bronze plaques to the three local WWI Memorials.

There are two broad questions:

  • Is each conflict correctly listed as ‘included’ or ‘excluded’; in particular have we excluded any conflicts where our records have missed Australian deaths?

  • Are the start and end dates correct for Australia’s involvement?

 

To see the 22 conflicts that the RSL is proposing to commemorate (subject to community comment), go to Plaque Mock-up

To see the reasons for selecting these 22 conflicts, and the reasons for provisionally rejecting another 17 conflicts, go to Conflict Selection Criteria

To see photographs of the existing three World War I memorials in this part of Brisbane, go to Memorial Photos

 

Further Explanation


Sherwood Indooroopilly RSL Sub-branch seeks community input into a project to Remember and Honour the Fallen of All Australian Conflicts by affixing new plaques to three local World War I Memorials.

In the Indooroopilly, Oxley, and Centenary area of Brisbane, three local World War I memorials record the names of the local men and women who fell in that war. These memorials are in Keating Park at Indooroopilly, in Graceville Memorial Park and in Bannerman Park at Oxley. As well as recording the names of individuals who fell, all three memorials also acknowledge only four of the subsequent conflicts involving Australians. These are World War II, Korea, Borneo and Vietnam. These are recognised by a small marble or bronze plate showing those conflicts’ names and dates. However, depending on the way in which conflicts are to be counted, there are another 20 to 40 Australian conflicts that could or should be listed and it is a matter of judgement as to which to include and which to exclude.

When the final list is settled, the RSL sub-branch proposes that an identical bronze plaque will be attached to each of the three memorials.

Members of local community groups, any interested individual residents, military history buffs and particularly any families of the fallen are invited to review the lists of provisionally included and provisionally excluded Australians by following the link to: Conflict Selection Criteria. It will be seen that the conflicts to be considered run from the Maori Wars of 1860 to the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, which are still ongoing.

You should also look at: Plaque Mock-up and Memorial Photos

The three criteria the RSL has used for inclusion on the Remembering and Honouring Plaques are that:

In outline, the Veterans’ Entitlement Act (VEA) and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (MCRA) recognise four categories of service, namely warlike, operational, hazardous and peacekeeping. There have been some 40 UN peacekeeping ‘conflicts’ in which Australia has engaged, or is still engaged, since the first one in 1947 and there are hundreds of individual operations within these. The RSL’s view, therefore, is that the only peacekeeping conflicts that should be individually recognised on the plaques are those rated as either ‘war service’ or ‘operational service’. All other peacekeeping conflicts should be recognised by a single listing – see the Plaque Mock-Up. But you might not agree.
We ask you to think particularly about the start and finish years as shown. As far as we can, the RSL wants to make these the dates of Australian involvement in each conflict. For this reason we are tending to use the DVA ‘operational service’ dates rather than the AWM Roll of Honour dates where these differ.

It will be seen that the Conflict Selection Criteria page is set up in two separate sections to distinguish whether a candidate conflict comes from the AWM Roll of Honour or from the DVA list of ‘operational service’ conflicts. Also note that the ‘Reason/Info’ column gives supporting information about start and finish dates, and so on.


Before any bronze is cast, Sherwood Indooroopilly RSL Sub-branch seeks your input into the project to ‘Remember and Honour the Fallen of All Australian Conflicts’ by attaching bronze plaques to the three local WWI Memorials.

There are two broad questions:

  • Is each conflict correctly listed as ‘included’ or ‘excluded’; in particular have we excluded any conflicts where our records have missed Australian deaths?

  • Are the start and end dates correct for Australia’s involvement?

 

Please have your say by emailing treasurer@sherwdipillyrsl.org.au or by phoning 32 786 786 and asking for Graeme.
Cut-off date for comments is 30 November 2015.

 

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