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Rockhampton's oldest war relics undergo major restoration

PIECE OF HISTORY: Bob Leicht with the First World War artillery howitzer at the Botanical Gardens which will soon be sent away for restoration along with the guns outside the Southside World War II Memorial Pool.
PIECE OF HISTORY: Bob Leicht with the First World War artillery howitzer at the Botanical Gardens which will soon be sent away for restoration along with the guns outside the Southside World War II Memorial Pool.

THREE of Rockhampton's oldest war relics will undergo major restoration and be given the pride of place they deserve in the city.

The First World War German Howitzers, now at the Southside Memorial Pool and the Botanic Gardens, will receive a makeover and be relocated together as a significant group of war trophies.

National Servicemen's Association Sub-branch's Bob Leicht said Rockhampton Regional Council had decided work needed to be done on the relics.

"They told us about it and we are doing the project in conjunction with the council," Mr Leicht said.

He said the two guns at Southside Memorial Pool were in poor condition and had to be cared for.

"They needed to be shifted from the site and we thought the Botanic Gardens would be more appropriate," he said.

That way the war trophies can stay together as a unit.

The first stage is restoration, whereby the German Howitzers will be sent to an engineer for work and painting, which is estimated to cost $35,000.

Stage two is the erection of buildings to house the war trophies at the gardens, which will cost about $100,000.

After the ambitious plan was revealed at the weekend, Mr Leicht said the council and the NASHO CC RSL Sub Branch were hopeful the project would be completed by April, 2015.

"At the moment we are putting it out there to see what support we can get," he said.

"We will apply for grants from the DVA (Department of Veteran's Affairs) and ANZAC Centenary Fund."

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