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First World War Honour Board

  • 600117
  • 142 George Street, Brisbane City

General

Classification
State Heritage
Register status
Entered
Date entered
21 October 1992
Type
Monuments and memorials: Memorial/monument
Theme
8.6 Creating social and cultural institutions: Commemorating significant events
Architect
McKellar, AR
Builder
Boyce, George Varley
Construction period
1917, First World War Honour Board (1917 - 1917)
Historical period
1914–1919 World War I

Location

Address
142 George Street, Brisbane City
LGA
Brisbane City Council
Coordinates
-27.47270581, 153.02463873

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Significance

Criterion AThe place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland’s history.

As a unique record in Queensland of participation and sacrifice in the First World War.

For its material richness, fine craftsmanship and unique design amongst Queensland war memorials.

As the only identified public work of local Brisbane wood carver GV Boyce.

Criterion BThe place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Queensland’s cultural heritage.

As a unique record in Queensland of participation and sacrifice in the First World War.

Criterion EThe place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

For its material richness, fine craftsmanship and unique design amongst Queensland war memorials.

Criterion FThe place is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period.

For its material richness, fine craftsmanship and unique design amongst Queensland war memorials.

Criterion HThe place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Queensland’s history.

As the only identified public work of local Brisbane wood carver GV Boyce.

History

The First World War Honour Board was erected by employees of the Queensland Lands Department in 1917, as a tribute to fellow staff on active service.

The overall design was created by AR McKellar, a draftsman in the lithographic branch of the survey section. The affixed metal plaque was designed by AV Thomas, the officer in charge of the lithographic branch. Manufacture was carried out at the Queensland Government railway workshops at Ipswich, and the wood carving was crafted by noted local wood carver George Varley Boyce, who taught carving at Brisbane technical schools from c.1902 to 1916.

The honour board was unveiled by the then governor of Queensland, Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams, on 2 May 1917.

It remains a focus for Anzac commemoration, with wreaths being laid before the honour board each April 25.

The board was restored by the Lands Department in 1981.

Description

The honour board is affixed to the wall of the main corridor on the first floor of the Lands Administration Building in Brisbane, immediately opposite the George Street elevator.

It is a large honour board, 2 metres high by 2.5 metres wide, constructed of Queensland silky oak. A central panel of red bean bears the Queensland coat of arms and the gold-painted names of 94 departmental staff and authorised surveyors who served in the First World War. The surrounds are carved in a stippled pattern with lotus plants (an ancient symbol of sleep) in relief in the lower section. The latter rarely appear on Queensland war memorials.

Within a rich moulding of laurel leaves in the upper left hand corner is an oval shaped metal plaque depicting in bas relief a cavalry charge and infantry soldiers advancing in battle, intended to illustrate the different fighting units in action. A carved scroll unfolds from the plaque and bears the relief lettering Roll of Honour.

The whole board is set into a simple frame.

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Location

Location of First World War Honour Board within Queensland
Licence
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Last updated
20 January 2016
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