RAAF Memorial Brisbane
Public Art : RAAF Memorial
Sculptor : © Rhyl Hinwood
Date : 2nd of May, 1996
Description : As if just landed, a bronze
wedge tailed eagle (with a wingspan of 8.2ft or 2.5m) stands high above a granite column, looking down
over the park (as if protecting the memorial). The artist has really thought about the location and surrounds, to
create a powerful and awe inspiring memorial. It is clever on so many levels, from the choice of subject matter, to
the choice of when, where and how to capture the "bird of prey" in flight. You could spend hours pondering the
symbolism (and I did!).
Location : Corner of George and Elizabeth Streets,
Queens Garden, Brisbane, Australia.
Per Ardua Ad Astra
This memorial honours all men and women
who served in the Royal Australian Airforce
Especially those who in doing so
gave their lives or suffered lasting hurt.
|The Brisbane RAAF Memorial Committee
Chairman Lionel N. Rackley D.F.C., O.A.M., A.E.
Raised and gave this Memorial
Queensland State Government
as custodian for
the people of Queensland
Unveiled this second day of May 1996
in the 75th anniversary year of the RAAF
by the Chief of the Air Staff
Air Marshall L.B. Fisher A.O., RAAF
Sculptor- Rhyl Hinwood
Project Manager- Ron Hinwood
History of the RAAF Memorial : The memorial was commissioned in
1996 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the RAAF (Royal Australia Air Force ).
Intersting Facts : Per Ardua Ad
Astra loosely translated from Latin means "Through Adversity to the Stars". The Royal Flying Corps
and other Air Forces within the Commonwealth began using the motto in 1912. There has been some debate about the
exact translation of "Ardua", with some claiming it means struggles instead of adversity. Bottom
line is the word has been deemed untranslatable and is safe to use either interpretation.
Other Eagle Statues :
Federal Reserve Bank Eagle statue (USA)