Association News and items of interest

9RQR Laying up of Colours

On the 8th August at St Johns Cathederal in Brisbane 9RQR will lay up the Colours which were retired in December last year.


This is an important day in the Battalions Calendar and one not to be missed.

Laying-Up Parade/Ceremony
Venue:    St John’s Cathedral, Ann Street, Brisbane
Date:   08 Aug 15
Time:    Arrive NLT: 0800 h for 0815 h
Parade Inspected by Governor of Queensland: 0845 h to 0900 h
Ceremony begins 0900 h
Guard - Ceremonial Parade Dress2A
Serving Members - Ceremonial Dress 2C
Military Guests - Ceremonial Dress 2C
Visitors - Suit
Medals - Full Size
Available directly across the road at Cathedral Square, 410 Ann Street, Brisbane. Cost - $10
Gallipoli Centenary Dinner: (Invited Guests, Association Members, 9th Battalion Members)
9th Battalion, Coxen Road, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera
Time:   Commencing at 1800 h for 1815 h
Access to Barracks:   Flyers for access to the Barracks will be provided at the parade
Dress:    Serving Members/Military Guests - Dress Order No. 6B—Mess Dress White Jacket and Dress Order No. 6D—Mess Dress Army
Visitors - Suit  Medals - Minature
The 9th Battalion AIF was the first Battalion from Brisbane to embark for the War. It was part of that flotilla and later went on to become the First Battalion Ashore at Gallipoli The Centenary Dinner will commemorate this be educational, respectfully commemorative and most of all FUN. It will have a centenary of ANZAC theme which will involve guests being seated by "boat" and entry to the dinner will be through a mock up of a trench. Boat Captains will call all those in their boats to "go ashore" with them to their tables. There will be vignettes/playlets and sampling of Gallipoli food as well as a three course meal.

Our unit Point of Contact is CAPT Andy McCarthy who is available on 0421 139768 if further information is required.

Lt Duncan Chapman Memorial

A Memorial to Lt Duncan Chaman was unveiled in Maryborough on Friday 24 April 2015 to commemorate him as being the first man to step ashore at Gallipoli at 4:30am on 25 Apr 2015.


This is a link to a sound recording of the address given at that ceremony.


The link will open in a separate window with an arrow near the top left - click on the arrow to play the recording - be aware that it some 29 minutes long.


[ Caution - This link is to an external site and may expire over time]

Chapman Memorial Maryborough

President COL Chris Austin with Chapman relatives at Maryborough

Our President COL Chris Austin with members of the Chapman family at the unvieling of the Lt Duncan Chapman Memorial in Maryborough on 24 April 2015.


Lt Chapman, a member of the 9th Battalion AIF was the first soldier to set foot on Gallipoli at 4:30am on 25 April 1915.


Lt Chapman was later promoted to Major and, unfortunately, was killed at Pozieres in 1916.


"It was a wonderful ceremony this morning - well done Maryborough. Heaps of Chapman's with over 50 in town for ANZAC Day. They were delighted to see the Chapman flag which will join 9RQR for lunch tomorrow after the parade."

Annual General Meeting 2015

The Association's Annual General Meeting will be held at Victoria Barracks, St Pauls Tce, on Monday 8 March 2015 at 1730 hrs. All financial members are invited to attend. The AGM will be followed immediately by a General Meeting.

You will need a photo ID to enter the Barracks Area.

Marching off the old Colours with some style...

Ready to 'March off the Colours'
Left to Right;- Lea Rampton; Morrie Cunningham; James Martin: Alan Ward; Bill McGowan; Ken Ashford; Clive Franks; James Schibrowski.

'Old and Bold' some members of the Battalion who were present on the 1967 Colours Parade when the Battalion was last presented with Colours assemble to 'March off the Colours' in style after 47 years, led by Brig Peter Smith who was the CO on that Parade.


He is supported by John Simson, Peter Newland, Jeff Dutton, Chris Donaldson and 8 members from D Coy Maryborough.





Delta Company's 8 members who were present at the 1967 colours presentation and again for last weekend's marching off of "Their" Colours.

9RQR Presentation of Colours

Queensland Governor, Paul deJersey, presenting the new Colours to the 9th Bn

A magnificient day - the rain held off long enough for an excellent, and moving, Parade for the presentation of new Colours to 9RQR. The last presentation was in 1967, interestingly the original date for that Parade was postponed due to inclement weather..


More photos are available at the link on the right '9RQR Colours Parade'.


Over the next few days I will annotate the pictures and add some video from the 3 Channels in Brisbane, each of which gave a detailed report, however Channel 2 excelled by including historic footage.


In the meantime reflect on a day of pomp and ceremony the like of which we have not seen for some 47 years.


Check out the Brisbane Times article at...

Thanks to Ray McNab we now have the ABC News video of the Parade here


The latest issue of the Battalions Newsletter 'Action9' is available here.

Pte John Leak VC

Friday 2 August 2013

The following was posted to the Oxley Library Blog post  today [2 Aug 2013].   It brings up some interesting thoughts about Pte Leak's background. It is presented here as an item of interest without comment.  The full post can be seen by clicking on the John Leak VC link in the menu bar on the right. A link to the original is below. ]

Guest bloggers: Ron Siebenhausen and Tom McVeigh


Private John Leak was Queensland’s first Victoria Cross winner in 1916. Despite the amount recorded about his pre-war background in newspapers, books and on the Internet, it is inconsistent and without proof.


John Leak (2053) won the VC for extraordinary courage at Pozieres France 23 July 1916. This is not in question. The National Archives of Australia has digitised his records, showing he enlisted on 28 January 1915 in Rockhampton, Queensland. Documents relating to his war records and marriage to Beatrice May Chapman may be viewed at their site. 

Private John Leak VC, of the 9th Battalion surrounded by family and friends outside Buckingham Palace on the occasion of being awarded the Victoria Cross. Australian War Memorial collection