Last Update 25th June 2003
This page has come about because of a major project being undertaken by Roma Town Council to update its memorial to the fallen soldiers of the district. It has been my honour to research the background information to both the formation of the avenue in 1917-20, and the cenotaph in 1937-38. Through extensive research on this topic from local archives, totalling some several hundred pages and growing, so many personal stories and photos of soldiers, both locally and nationally, have come to light beyond my initial brief that it would be remiss of any ex soldier and Australian not to make these stories public.
To that end, I'm trying to get a book published by myself late in 2003 in time for the celebration.
It is nominally called the Social History of Bottle Trees, which covers the military associations of Roma from the formation of M Company, 4th Regt, Qld Defence Forces, 1885, up to the erection of the cenotaph by the Roma & District Returned Soldiers Association in 1938. A companion book is expected to be released by another researcher, Rebecca Kupfer, who is investigating the lives of the soldiers memorialised. It is not exepcted to be ready for the celebration.