The opening of the Soldier Settler Monument, Stanthorpe, in Queensland will be held on 11th November, 2019 to celebrate the centenary of the arrival of the returned men from World War 1.
After extensive research, we have established that the local Pikedale Soldier Settler Scheme was one of the first in Queensland, the largest in area, and had the most difficult living conditions. Therefore we are erecting an 3m soldier settler in bronze, together with his wife, his horse and plough to honour these men, and their wives.
Whilst there have been some memorial plaques erected in honour of the soldier settlers in various states of Australia, there appears to be only one other statue erected of a WW1 veteran, located in Griffith NSW.
At no time has the "wife" been honoured. These women went to the bush blocks, lived initially in bark huts, and worked alongside their men to create a viable farming property.
Is complete, and includes planning approvals and acquisition and preparation of the site. Land tenure currently held by the Stanthorpe Historical Society will be transferred to become a State Government Reserve once construction work is completed.
Planned to be opened early 2019 Completion of the Park, supply and installation of the life size wife, horse, and plough, in bronze. Landscaping including the paved pathway from the car park to the sculptures.
Supply and installation of the soldier settler with his axe over his shoulder, estimated 3m, in bronze.
Soldier Settler Story
Returned with pride as a hero (Anzac)
Had to have a horse, a plough, an axe... and a wife
These men built a community with their mates
Looked for peace and family life and to learn new skills
They valued their friendships, helping each other in tough times
They showed ingenuity and inner strength – the Anzac spirit!
They worked very hard and set an example for their peers and children