Queensland Womens War Memorial
Public Art : Queensland Womens War Memorial
Sculptor : © Daphne Mayo (1st October 1895- 31st
July,1982) also known as Lilian Daphne Mayo
Description : A bas relief panel depicting
a military procession and a bronze drinking fountain which is supported by four upturned dolphins (the pagan symbol
of salvation). The solemn figures of soldiers and a horse drawn gun carriage were carved into the Helidon sandstone
blocks of the Ann Street wall. The solemn images of the relief can be interpreted as either men heading to war
or heading to a burial. Above the bas relief is a bronze laurel wreath.
Date Unveiled : The Queensland Womens War Memorial
was unveiled by Lady Goodwin, wife of the then Governor of Queensland, on 24th of March, 1932.
Cost : £1,000
Casting of Fountain : A. Martin (New Farm,
Location : 285 Ann Street, Anzac Square, Brisbane,
History of the Queensland Womens War Memorial :
During the late 1920's the Brisbane Women's Club came up with the idea of contributing to a State War
Memorial. They appealed not only to women's organizations throughout Queensland but also to women in general, to
support the idea. In 1929 they awarded the commission of the memorial to female sculptor Daphne Mayo. The
original design was planned to include a bronze panel commemorating women's involvement during war and a waterfall
fountain. Neither idea was used due to a shortage of funds and the Depression. Instead the panel was completed in
stone and the waterfall became a drinking fountain. Interestingly the panel was changed from depicting women
at war to men at war (rumours were there was some persuading!). The panel now depicts a procession of
soldiers surrounded by a horse drawn gun carriage. The carving of the stone was started in August 1931 and
completed in February 1932. George Harvey assisted Mayo with some of the stone work.
Interesting Fact : Interestingly, Daphne Mayo carved
an effigy of her own brother into the stone. Richard had died in 1925, at the age of 32, from injuries he
received during his time on the battle fields.
LEST WE FORGET