Stanthorpe Soldiers Memorial is a beautiful, serene space with views over Stanthorpe town perfect for taking a moment to reflect on the legacy left by Granite Belt soldiers in WWI.
The heritage-listed cottage-like pavilion is nestled in a granite strewn, naturally landscaped park with walking paths and steps. It was built in honour of the soldiers of the district who participated in the Great War and is located on what was known as Foxton’s Hill.
Major General Sir William Glasgow, a commander of campaigns in Gallipoli and also in France, officially opened the memorial on 6 February 1926. Warwick architects Dornbush and Connolly designed the pavilion and local contractors NJ Thompson and Sons undertook the construction.
Following World War I, the Granite Belt became a major resettlement area for soldiers recovering from mustard gas exposure and others were provided with Government land leases. These settlements were named after the French battlefields – Pozieres, Messines, Fleurbaix, Amiens, and Passchendaele.
During WWII, the region was a Prisoner of War (POW) area. Many Italian and German POWs stayed on after the war ended and brought their love of food and wine with them.