Queenslanders commemorate 100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood

Published Saturday, 23 September, 2017 at 05:11 PM

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development
The Honourable Bill Byrne

Communities across Queensland are recognising the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, with a number of commemorative ceremonies and educational exhibitions supported by the Palaszczuk Government.

Minister for Rural Economic Development and Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the State Government was partnering with councils in Cairns, Cloncurry, Maranoa and Rockhampton to help deliver a fitting tribute to the Queensland soldiers who fought in this battle.

“We are helping Queensland communities reflect on one hundred years since the Battle of Polygon Wood, which took place in a young forest plantation during the First World War,” he said.

“Australian troops, many hailing from Queensland, fought bravely in muddy and inhospitable conditions to make a significant contribution to the Allied Force’s advance on the Western Front.

“These soldiers came from communities all over Queensland and demonstrated the values that are now synonymous with the Anzac spirit, including mateship and courage.

“In recognition of this battle's importance to the Anzac Centenary, the Queensland Government has committed $75,000 to support Battle of Polygon Wood commemorations around the state.”

Minister Byrne said these commemorative events ensured the sacrifice of soldiers in this battle, which was fought from 26 September to 3 October 1917, would be remembered.

This Sunday (24 September), communities in Cairns, Roma and Rockhampton will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon with a public service, as well as the planting of a tree as a symbolic gesture to the fallen.

In addition to the ceremonies, an educational installation, including a Polygon Wood patchwork tree, will be on display at selected libraries in Cairns, Cloncurry, Roma and Rockhampton in the coming days.

“These library installations provide a family-friendly way to pay tribute to our First World War servicemen and women,” Minister Byrne said.

“As well as helping to create a Polygon Wood patchwork tree, young people will also have the opportunity to learn about the Anzac values and their local soldiers.

“I encourage members of these communities to get involved with the commemorative events in their local area, as we pay our respects one hundred years since the Battle of Polygon Wood.” 

For more information on the Polygon Wood commemorative events or Queensland Anzac Centenary visit www.qld.gov.au/anzac100 or www.facebook.com.au/anzaccentenaryqld