The General Purpose 40/60mmBOFORS gun from the Fremantle Class Patrol Boat HMAS Ipswich (II).
The General Purpose 40/60mmBOFORS gun from the Fremantle Class Patrol Boat HMAS Ipswich (II).

Naval tribute nearly shipshape

WORK is almost complete on a $100,000 tribute to the HMAS Ipswich being built to complement the naval memorial site in Queens Park.

Perhaps the most striking part of the tribute in the installation of the vessel’s Bofors gun.

Chairman of Ipswich City Council’s Heritage, Memorials and Monuments Committee Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said the memorial precinct would take the shape of the HMAS Ipswich bow.

Cr Antoniolli said it would be framed by low formal gardens.

“The Bofors gun and naval cairn monument are strategically located within the design for prominence and authenticity, and will be supported in naval theme including the ‘hull’, water diversion shield, side rails, the HMAS Ipswich badge and interpretive information,” Cr Antoniolli said.

“A yard-arm flagpole, ceremonial gathering space, formalised access and informal band set-down space are all incorporated into the design.”

Parks, Sport and Recreation Committee chairman Councillor David Morrison said the remnant limestone wall formed a backdrop to the memorial, which was nestled among existing trees on site.

“Council investigated several options but considered the existing naval memorial site the most suitable location for the construction of a memorial dedicated to HMAS Ipswich as it posed the least impact on Queens Park, used existing infrastructure and would consolidate two memorials into one space in an area on the Queen Victoria Parade side of the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre,” Cr Morrison said.

“As a result the existing naval cairn monument will be significantly enhanced and the HMAS Ipswich memorial site will become a prominent landmark off Queen Victoria Parade which will be visible upon entry to and exit from the Ipswich Central business district.”



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