The Project

A monument depicting a soldier settler, his wife, horse, plough ( all in bronze) plus tools, surrounded by logs, granite, and stark high trees - the main figures in bronze, on a plinth higher than the surrounding parkland. The soldier settler will be larger than the other figures. This serves two purposes: the first is to act as a reminder that the man was a volunteer who had served his country, and was responsible for the welfare of his whole family; the second more important reason is that this was the largest number of returned men to be settled in any Queensland Scheme. It had the harshest weather and financial conditions. The schemes were designed to resettle returned men who were all volunteers, and many of them ANZACS.

At the opening of the project, the children from Amiens School and James Lister.
At the opening of the project, the children from Amiens School and James Lister.
The caption of the board is “A soldier settler needed a horse, plough, axe... and a wife”
Painting by Franco Arcidiacono

 

Designed to enable wheelchair access to the sculptures, this pathway, Armistice Walk, honours all those men who returned with permanent injuries.  

Incorporating replicas of railway signs from the sidings used by the settlers to load their produce for market, these signs will be made using original moulds.

Railway signs
These original signs are located in the grounds of the Stanthorpe Museum