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  • What is a war memorial?

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    A war memorial is a monument or building commemorating those who died in a war.

    War memorial structures include statues, honour rolls, decorative gates, ornamental bridges and fountains, monuments and obelisks.

    Trees may be considered war memorials where it can be demonstrated that they are the memorial and not the memorial surrounds.


    The Campville Memorial consists of a water fountain at the entrance to community parkland. The water fountain is inscribed with a dedication to the Australian soldiers who fought in World War I and is the focus of community commemorations. The water fountain is a war memorial.

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    Eligible war memorials

    Not all war memorials are eligible.

    The war memorial must be in Australia. This includes memorials in Australia's external territories and territorial seas. It does not extend to memorials in foreign countries.

    The war memorial must commemorate events or people in relation to a conflict in which Australia was involved. This includes, but is not limited to, the world wars, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

    The events that are commemorated must be events in the conflict. However, it is not necessary that the events mainly involved Australians. For example, a war memorial for the Battle of the Coral Sea could qualify.

    If the war memorial commemorates people, most of them must be Australians participating in the conflict on Australia's behalf. This can extend to non-combatants, including nurses and merchant mariners.

    A memorial mainly for people other than Australians is not eligible.

    The war memorial must be a focus for public commemoration. Examples include ANZAC day services, wreath laying ceremonies and Remembrance Day services.

    War memorials that are not accessible to the general public (for example, a family's memorial for a deceased son), or that are for the exclusive use of members of a particular association or group, do not satisfy this requirement. Also, structures operated for commercial purposes are not eligible.

    The war memorial must be used solely or mainly for public commemorations. This means that amenities such as community memorial halls, churches, swimming pools, club buildings, hospitals and sports grounds are not eligible, even if they are named as a memorial or contain a plaque.

    If an amenity includes an eligible war memorial (such as a statue in a botanical gardens or an honour board in a community hall), it is only the memorial and not the amenity that qualifies.

      Last modified: 12 Oct 2016QC 26451