Graham's wish fulfilled as 'lost' cannon finds a home

Graham Woods.

Graham Woods.

A World War I "trophy" has a new home.

One of the last wishes of Graham Woods was to have the WW1 7.7inch cannon which he had in his care, put into the grounds of the Goondiwindi Customs House Museum.

Thanks to the efforts of the Goondiwindi RSL Sub-Branch members led by Russell Billsborough and Don Clapham, a member of the Goondiwindi & District Historical Society, the 7.7 cannon is now securely positioned in front of the war display at the Customs House Museum.

"Just before Graham died, he handed the cannon over to the RSL, and together with Les Bagule, the cannon was restored to its former self," Graham's wife, Karen said. She said it couldn't be more timely with Remembrance Day coming up on November 11. "Graham believed that the Customs House Museum was home to all that is significant to the district, which of course includes artefacts or memorabilia relating to any of the wars and conflicts in which the Goondiwindi town and district people had served in," she said.

Originally, the 7.7cannon was one of three war trophies allocated to Goondiwindi after WW1 in 1922. It was placed in the middle of the five-ways next to the Cenotaph which, back then, was near the Goondiwindi Police Station. Now long gone, a second trophy, a WW1 German Mine Launcher, was also placed there. In 1949 the Cenotaph was moved to the Goondiwindi Town Park. At the same time the cannon was moved to the Macintyree River bank near the boat ramp. By 1970 the steel wheels were rotten. The cannon was mounted on concrete blocks at Riddles Oval. It sat there until 1994 and was rescued as it was at risk of being scrapped. "Graham and Roger Rowe worked on getting old farm implement wheels to fit on the axles of the cannon and it stayed that way until 2014," Karen said.

The "lost" cannon has found a new home at the Goondiwindi Customs House Museum.

The "lost" cannon has found a new home at the Goondiwindi Customs House Museum.

This year on Remembrance Day the WW1 7.7 Cannon will be dedicated to the district. Goondiwindi RSL Sub-Branch member, the Rev Paul Andrianatos will be officiating at the service.