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Most, if not all, country towns have a war memorial. A monument to commemorate those who made the supreme sacrifice; war memorials began after the First World War and have since included all other conflicts that Australian troops have been called upon.
In this regard, Bogan Gate is no different. What makes Bogan Gate’s cenotaph different is that it is located in the cross-section of two main streets! Located in the middle of Lachlan and Hutton Streets is the Bogan Gate war memorial clock tower – a beautiful monument that remembers those who lived in the area, served their country and some who gave their lives during that service.
Information found in Gateway to the Bogan Book 2 shows that from planning to unveiling the monument was a quick turnaround:
“At an early meeting in the Hall on 16th October 1920, Mesdames Magill, Marshall, Black, Stack, Christie and Schofield, and Messrs. W J Magill (chair), Christie, Kearney, Clucas, McAuley, Pett, Schmidt and the secretary Stack, were present. The credit balance in the bank stood at £193/11/5, resulting from various functions run by the ladies.”
At later meetings, Mesdames Coster, Coombs, W J Magill, J M Magill, McAuley, McMaster, and Messrs, Bridekirk, McMaster, Coombs, Perks, Hood, Ferguson, Rawson, A’Beckett, McKeowen, Herbert and Marshall were listed as being in attendance. A collection from the district was organised, either wheat for the Memorial Pool or money donated to the fund.
On 7th May 1921, a big meeting took place with W J Magill in the chair and about 50 present. They were made aware that about £500 would be needed for a monument. Approximately £373 was in hand and the ladies had raised £77/12/2 from a bazaar The site was settled on – the intersection of Hutton and Lachlan Streets. Mr Nowland submitted two designs and one with the clock tower, to cost £700 was chosen on a show of hands. Mr Dodd offered to call for tenders and supervise the erection for 2½% of the contract price and the Sydney Morning Herald was to carry an advertisement for the contract.
A tender from Synchronome Electrical Co. of Australasia Ltd. for erection of electric clock for Memorial Tower for the sum of £150, complete in working order was accepted. The Commercial Banking Co. of Sydney were to be asked if the master clock or transmitter could be placed in Bank premises. The final tender of Hedges and Co. for £740 (including £150 for clock) was accepted and included names 6/- per dozen and letters extra.
A biggish meeting of about 35 people on 26th August 1922, decided the unveiling ceremony would be on 9th September 1922, Mr Whitmill Shire President, was invited to unveil the memorial. There was some trouble with adjusting the clock and Prouds Ltd. of Sydney sent a mechanic up for £25/10/- to correct the problem.
After World War II the names of Bogan Gate people who enlisted, were added to the tower, and each ANZAC Day a remembrance service has been held at the Monument. Earlier services with a march, address and wreath laying were held in the afternoon, music for the hymns supplied with the church pedal organ beside the monument. In recent times however, a simple remembrance service at Dawn is observed.
Gateway to the Bogan Book 2 (1997) pages 74 and 75
In 1922 Bogan Gate was then part of Goobang Shire. So it was fitting that then Shire President, Councillor John Whitmill, be on hand to dedicate the memorial at its official unveiling. The Forbes Advocate report detailed the description of this monument:
The memorial takes the form of a clock tower with four dials, electrically controlled, each two feet [0.6 metres] in diameter. The tower is 21 feet 6 inches [6.6 metres] high; the base is of Bowral Trachyte; the column is of Pyrmont free stone – 15 tons altogether being used in the whole construction. The base is 6 feet 6 inches square [1.98 metres square] and the tower is 3 feet 6 inches square [1.1 metres square]. The contract price of the work was £735, which includes £150 for the clock. There are also four marble tablets inscribed with the 80 names of the local boys who enlisted, 19 of whom made the great sacrifice, and their names are inscribed on a separate panel.
The Forbes Advocate (1922) page 3
2015 was a significant year for all Australians, marking the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day. Centenary celebrations had been planned for almost 12 months and Bogan Gate was no exception. The Forbes Advocate reported that 700 people attended the dawn service at Bogan Gate War Memorial (Source: Forbes Advocate website) Part of the special events included a video of the ANZAC Day services at Bogan Gate and Trundle. This DVD is part of the reference section of Parkes Shire Library’s Family & Local History Resource room.
With the centenary of Bogan Gate’s war memorial approaching (three years’ time at time of publishing this blog) the cenotaph has required maintenance work. The latest work in 2016 occurred due to a NSW Government grant Source: https://www.parkeschampionpost.com.au/story/4293444/important-funding-for-bogan-gate/
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A good report with some excellent research. In particular the early photos showing the context of the streetscape and the large hotel which dominated the intersection. I will ensure this information is psted into the Parkes Heritage Inventory database which is the electronic storehouse for local history and places deserving of protection. David Scobie. Parkes Heritage Advisor.
Thanks, David – great to receive feedback such as this. Thank you for all your work too.