Wandoan Soldier Settlers Avenue of Honour

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O'Sullivan Park, Henderson Road, Wandoan

Wandoan’s Soldier Settlers will be remembered forevermore with Western Downs Regional Council partnering with the local community to establish a dedicated memorial in their honour.  

The project was delivered as part of the Council’s COVID-19 Recovery Package to secure and create jobs and boost liveability in the region and will serve as a special place to honour local settlers and their contributions to Wandoan.  

The Wandoan Soldier Settler Scheme of the 1950s was integral to the development of the Wandoan community, helping to shape its success as an agricultural centre and close-knit community.

To celebrate Wandoan's rich history and the significant contribution of the 103 families who came to Wandoan through the Soldier Settler Scheme, The Avenue of Honour has been created.

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The Wandoan Soldier Settler scheme gave returned servicemen a chance to work a parcel of land and create a diverse farming hub that continues in the area today.

Local artist Dion Cross was commissioned to build the Soldier Sculpture. Scrap metal and tools used in the creation of the sculpture were collected off the very farms that were selected by the returned soldiers. 

The Soldier Sculpture was unveiled at the Wandoan Soldier Settler Precinct on 25th April 2022.



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COMMUNITY Shaping Award Winner at the 2022 LGMA Awards


Wandoan Soldier Settlers Storytelling

We have the honour of sharing these families' stories with you. Hear from soldiers, their wives, and children as they take you on a journey of how they shaped the town's agricultural foundation and developed the wonderful, close-knit community it is today.

Best of the Best | Wandoan Soldier Settlers Avenue of Honour

The Children | Wandoan Soldier Settlers Avenue of Honour


The Wives | Wandoan Soldier Settlers Avenue of Honour

Neville Harper | Wandoan Soldier Settlers Avenue of Honour

The Idea | Wandoan Soldier Settlers Avenue of Honour


The Wandoan Soldier Settlers Storytelling project was proudly developed by the Wandoan RSL Sub Branch in partnership with Western Downs Regional Council and made possible with funding from The Regional Arts Development Fund and Australia Pacific LNG operated by Origin.

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Official Opening Event - 24 April 2021 

Wandoan welcomed hundreds of people from near and far to commemorate the 103 Soldier Settlers who gave their hearts and souls to build the community following World War II.

Congratulations to Pat Devlin, Bob Williams, and all involved in the Avenue of Honour project. Council is proud to support your vision and work with you to create this wonderful memorial.