Memorials of the Central Queensland Highlands

Explore More of the Central Queensland Highlands’ recent past by learning the fascinating – and oftentimes tragic – story behind the region’s monuments.

Blackwater Miner’s Memorial Located in front of the ambulance station on Mackenzie Street is a memorial entitled “At the Coal Face”, erected by the late Blackwater Mine Workers Memorial Trust and dedicated to the memory of those whose lives it claimed. The memorial also pays tribute to the important role the coal industry has played in the development of the region.

It was sculpted by renowned sculptor Anton Bruinsma and was opened on 3rd December 1988.

Image by ExplorOZ / Stephen Langman

Blackwater War Memorial Two pine trees grown from seeds taken from the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey are the highlight of the town’s war memorial in Arthur Street. The memorial itself consists of three white columns with top plinth. There is a central column that supports an up-turned rifle and helmet, signifying the battlefield grave of a dead serviceman. The memorial displays badges of the Armed Forces and all columns are symbolically linked by chains.

The rocks surrounding the memorial were gathered from a World War 2 training area near Blackwater, adding military significance to the memorial, and the sandstone was from the Walton Creek area near Bluff. It is believed the sandstone was originally part of a bridge built by convicts.

The memorial was erected by the Ladies Auxiliary and the Blackwater RSL, and unveiled on 26 January 1985. A local Vietnam Veteran, the late Neville Tickner, was the driving force behind fundraising efforts for this and the Miner’s Memorial.

Image by Leonie Geary

Australian Light Horse Monument, Capella According to local lore, the first time Australian troopers wore the now famous emu feathers in their slouch hats was at Peak Downs station during the Great Shearers’ Strike of 1891. The locally constructed monument in the Capella Parklands is a striking dedication to the area’s contribution to the history and tradition of Australian armed forces.

Image by Jesse Lindemann

The Dakota C-47 Air Crash Memorial commemorates 14 Australian soldiers and five US military personnel killed when their aircraft went down during a violent storm. The catastrophic plane crash occurred near Rolleston on November 16, 1943, during World War 2.

The memorial includes two engines from the plane, part of the wings and some of the undercarriage.

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