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Pilot Officer Geoffrey Lloyd Wells Memorial Seat


Place Details
Place ID 600338
Registration Type State Heritage
Place Name Pilot Officer Geoffrey Lloyd Wells Memorial Seat
Place Classification Built
Place Category Monuments and Memorials
Place Type Memorial/Monument
Themes 8 Creating social and cultural institutions / 8.6 Commemorating significant events
1 Peopling places / 1.4 Family and marking the phases of life
Register Entry Date 21/10/1992

Location
Address 103 Stanley Terrace
Town / Suburb TARINGA
Post Code 4068
LGA BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL

Cultural Heritage Significance
Principal Period
of Significance
Post-WWII recovery (1940s-1960s) (historical, fabric)
Criterion A It is illustrative of the sustained tradition of memorialising the war dead, which had been established in Queensland at the turn of the 20th century with the South African War of 1899-1902, and popularised during and immediately following the First World War [1914-18].
Criterion B The Pilot Officer Geoffrey Lloyd Wells Memorial Seat at Toowong is a rare private memorial erected for public benefit.
Criterion D It is illustrative of the sustained tradition of memorialising the war dead, which had been established in Queensland at the turn of the 20th century with the South African War of 1899-1902, and popularised during and immediately following the First World War [1914-18].
Criterion E It makes an original and attractive contribution to the streetscape, and is significant as an unusual form of war memorial.

History
History This stone seat, which is set into a stone fence along Stanley Terrace, is a memorial to Pilot Officer Geoffrey Lloyd Wells who was shot down over Holland on 17 August 1941, during active service with the Royal Air Force in the Second World War. The seat was erected by his family in the corner of their property, as a memorial and for public use.

Description
Description The seat is of rustic design, constructed of slabs of Brisbane tuff. It is set into the front garden wall, also of tuff, fronting Stanley Terrace. The back of the seat is butterfly-shaped and has a centrally placed metal plaque. In addition to the details of Wells' death, the plaque bears the quote from Winston Churchill never has so much been owed by so many to so few. Timber slats forming the seat have been reconstructed. The style of the fence above the surrounding wall has changed since the seat's construction. However, together with the adjacent shady jacaranda tree, the fence and seat combine to create a picturesque resting spot for passing pedestrians.

Element
Element Name Pilot Officer Geoffrey Lloyd Wells Memorial Seat
Designer Name Wells Family
Design Period 1940s - 1960s Post-WWII
Builder Name Wells Family
Construction Period post August 1941 - post August 1941
Construction Method Coursed stone - rubble
Fabric (Exterior Structure) Stone - porphyry
Place Components Seating

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Last updated: 15 March 2013

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