Association News and items of interest

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