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Published August 22nd 2015
Reflection in memory by the fountain
It doesn't have to be Anzac Day to appreciate the Mothers Memorial Gardens in East Creek Park. On a hill beside a sparkling fountain, the gardens were proposed to Council by the 'mothers' of Toowoomba and were installed in 1922.
East Creek Park looking towards the Mothers Memorial Gardens on Margaret and Burstow Streets.
Moved from the city centre to the park in 1985, its memorials have expanded to include the Mothers Memorial, Boer War Memorial, Royal Australian Navy Memorial, Siege of Tobruk Memorial, Women's Royal Australian Air Force Memorial, Royal Australian Air Force Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, National Service Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial and 25th Battalion Memorial listing battlefields.
The Mothers Memorial base honours fallen soldiers.
The Mothers Memorial honours the men who didn't return from WWI. The base of its eight metre column bears the names of service personnel from Toowoomba, Yalangur, Westbrook, Wyreema, Gowrie Junctions and Meringandan. The conflicts commemorated are: South Africa War, 1899-1902; First World War, 1914-1918; Second World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953; and Vietnam War, 1962-1972.
The Anzac Centenary Wall features photographs of soldiers and commemorates the armed forces over the past one hundred years. The wall is also intended to provide positions for any future plaques.
The Margaret Street side of the Gardens displays a three-bladed propeller which was fitted to a Boston A20 aircraft which saw service in Papua New Guinea.
Pine trees are a backdrop to a granite sculpture of a soldier in memory of the members of 25 RQR who gave their lives for their country. The pines were cultivated from Lone Pine, Gallipoli and planted on Anzac Day 1987.
Flowers placed by locals with Aussie spirit of remembrance.