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.
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.
|| Australian Street Art Awards Finalist for the Best Monument or Memorial
COMMUNITY Shaping Award Winner at the 2022 LGMA Awards
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.