St John's Anglican Church
Places of Significance - Cairns Regional Council

St John's Anglican Church contains a memorial wooden cross inscribed 'To The Memory of Officers, NCO & Men of the 51st Btn A.I.F. who fell in the counter attack on Villers Bretonneux 24-25/4/18'. The cross replicates one erected on the battlefield. Initially St Annes Church, Ryde NSW had custody of the cross, which was dedicated in a service on Armistice Day 1934, and attended by 30/51st Btn representatives serving nearby. As the 51st was largely a WA unit the original was transferred to St George Cathedral, Perth in 1956 and a copy retained in Ryde. The unit later transferred to Cairns as the FNQ Regiment. In 1992 a replica was made for St John's Church by Ryde RSL Branches. An additional ceramic tile plaque notes the reredos (the area behind the main crucifix) is 'dedicated in grateful memory of those who gave their lives in war. 1914-1918, 1939-1945'.

St John's Anglican Church also forms part of the Cairns Region ANZAC Trail. To see more information about this trail, see the below links:

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