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Temple of Peace (Toowong Cemetery)

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The Temple of Peace is a heritage-listed memorial at Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane, built by Richard Paul Carl Ramo in memory of his four sons, three of whom were killed in World War I.

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History

Located close to the main entrance to the cemetery, the mausoleum was erected in 1924 as a tribute to his sons:

  • Victor – killed at Messines in August 1915
  • Henry – Died of wounds in Belgium in October 1915
  • Gordon – killed at Gallipoli in November 1915
  • (foster son) Ferdinand Christian Borell – died in Brisbane in November 1923
  • The body of Ramo's dog, which had been poisoned was also included in the memorial.

    Ferdinand Borell died on 28 November 1923 in the rear of Richard Ramo's store at 180 Roma Street, Brisbane, as a result of a gunshot wound.

    A dedication ceremony was conducted in December 1924 and was attended by several thousand people, many of them socialists, pacifists, and members of the Industrial Workers of the World. A band played "The Red Flag" as a coffin was placed in the memorial.

    Description

    The memorial is made of plaster and stone and measures 2.76 metres long, 1.76 metres wide, and 3.0 metres high. It is adorned with pacifist and anti-war inscriptions and has leadlighting on all four sides. At the top of three walls are the names of the sons who died in the war and where they died. At the top of the entrance is a dove holding olive leaves in its mouth. At the bottom of the entrance is the inscription "All my hope lies buried here".

    The memorial is registered with the Queensland Heritage Council as a significant building.

    References

    Temple of Peace (Toowong Cemetery) Wikipedia


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