Armistice Centenary War Memorial

Stages of construction

The memorial comprises the Armistice Centenary Memorial Gate at the primary entrance to the Belmont Shooting Complex on Old Cleveland Road, as well as a circular memorial forming part of a contemplative garden. Construction has been planned in stages and is well under way.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

A Memorial Gate at the primary entrance to the complex comprising three large block columns either side of the road. Affixed to the two main entrance piers are badges: on the left The Great War 1914-18 and on the right, Crossed Rifles, the universal symbol of Riflemen. Both badges are surmounted by laurel wreaths. All six pillars of the memorial gate are illuminated at night.

A War Memorial consisting of a circular base with a central memorial stone surrounded by 11 sandstone plinths, a physical reminder that it was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the first Armistice Day in 1918, when the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. Each plinth bears a plaque dedicated to a shooting club or association, acknowledging their members’ service in Australia’s armed forces in peace and war. It is anticipated that, over time, more shooting clubs throughout Queensland will add their plaques.

A flagpole adjacent to the central memorial stone, flies the Australian national flag, which is illuminated between sunset & sunrise.

Stage 2A:

Two curved flanking memorial walls on the western and northern sides of the central memorial.

The western wall displays the words LEST WE FORGET between two enlarged Rising Sun badges, similar to the slouch hat badge worn by Australian soldiers in both World Wars and today’s army.
The northern wall displays 12 plaques, naming the principal wars and campaigns that Australia has been involved in since the Boer War, including Peacekeeping operations.

In the centre of the plaques on the northern wall are the three current Service badges of the ADF Community Service, in recognition of the bushfire crisis and Covid19 response.

An upgraded underground electrical power supply to the War Memorial to illuminate the two flanking memorial walls, and powering a new public address system used on commemorative occasions.

Stage 2B:

Overlaying the concrete surface of the central memorial with sandstone tiles in the pattern of Australia’s Federation Star – a unifying symbol of the nation and emphasising the national significance of the memorial.

Additional electrical works to upgrade the lighting of both the Memorial Stone and the central flagpole.

Remedial landscaping works after completion of Stage 2, including the construction of garden beds at the base of each memorial wall, to bring the entire precinct to the highest standard of public presentation, all year round.

A Memorial Walkway linking the ACWM with the QRA Museum where the Honour Boards for the Great War and other memorabilia are on permanent display.

Kerbing and channelling at the entrance of the main drive and the construction of tiered seating on the western side of the roadway.

The installation of not less than three additional flagpoles to fly the flags of other nations on commemorative and other occasions.

The construction of a memorial wall where families can install plaques for deceased loved ones who have been members of clubs and associations associated with Australia’s many shooting disciplines.

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The Queensland Rifle Association fosters target rifle shooting and firearms training through our clubs.   Different classes of rifle shooting are conducted by our Clubs under the Standard Shooting Rules (SSRs) of the National Rifle Association of Australia (NRAA).

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