16 September, 2022
Experts step up to replace cenotaph rifle
IT has been several months since the Atherton cenotaph was vandalised and its rifle stolen and now a team of historical experts have joined forces to replace the missing gun.
Local historical archaeologist Gordon Grimwade is leading the project with world renowned sculpture Tom Tischler to create an 80 per cent replica of a Lee Enfield rifle 303 – which was commonly used in World War I.
As the cenotaph is heritage listed, the replica must be an exact historical replica and Mr Grimwade has ensured the rifle has been crafted to perfection.
He said he has “mixed feelings” about the project but feels honoured to be working on such a unique cenotaph.
“I am annoyed that someone has decided to vandalise the cenotaph but on the other hand I am glad to be involved in this project,” Mr Grimwade said.
“We are very fortunate to have internationally renowned sculpturer Mr Tischler with us to create this rifle.
“This Atherton Cenotaph is unique to every cenotaph in Australia as there are no other sculptures in a combat position.”
The team have removed the hand of the solider on the cenotaph to make sure the rifle fits appropriately and then plan to repaint it to the correct colour.
All the works are hoped to be completed in the coming months.