Association News and items of interest

9RQR Colours Presentation - 6 Dec 2014

The preparations for the Battalions Consecration and Presentation of new Queen's and Regimental Colours Parade are in full swing. 

I am pleased to say that we have confirmed His Excellency, Paul de Jersey AO, Governor of Queensland and the Representative Colonel of the Royal Queensland Regiment to be the Reviewing Officer and present the new Colours to the Battalion. We have also secured the Celebration Precinct at Roma Street Parklands as the venue for the Parade. There will be a luncheon held on the grassed area to the front of the 9th Battalion Headquarters Building following the parade.

Confirmed details are as follows:



Celebration Precinct, Roma Street Parklands


06 Dec 14


Be seated: 0830 h for 0845 h

Parade Commentary/Welcome to Country: 0845 h to 0900 h

Parade marches on: 0900 h


Guard - Ceremonial Parade Dress2A

Serving Members - Ceremonial Dress 2C

Military Guests - Ceremonial Dress 2C 

Visitors - Suit

Medals - Full Size


Coxen Road, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera


Commencing at 1200 h 

Access to Barracks:

Flyers for access to the Barracks will be provided at the parade

You may be aware that the 6th December is also the Centenary of when that first ANZAC flotilla disembarked at Alexandria, Egypt! The parade was scheduled on this date for this anniversary.

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. 

I can think of no more a significant event that will capture the commemorative spirit of the people of Brisbane for Centenary of ANZAC!  


College Close car park located within Roma Street Parklands will be closed to the public on 06 Dec 14. The closest car park to the Parkland is located in the Transit Centre on Roma St and also the underground car park at King George Square.
An alternative is to travel to Roma Street Parkland using public transport.


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


Remember to set aside Saturday 6th December for the Presentation of Colours at Roma Street Parklands. More detail will follow.

The Annual Patron's Dinner

[R] Patron Brig Rod Hamilton CSM RFD [L] LtCol Stephen Maitland OAM RFD

The annual Patrons Dinner was held on Wed 14 May 2014 at the old Victoria Barracks Officers Mess


We had a very successful night with 40 guests. The Bn 2IC, Maj Bryce Hertslet, gave and address on the current state of the Battalion and after dinner LtCol Steve Vokes gave a presentation on the security arrangements for the G20 Conference in November.


The images below are some quick snaps taken at the Dinner  - click on an individual image to see an enlargement of that image - please be patient as the larger image may take a few moments to load. 

Ray McNab and Janis
President, Col Chris Austin with Brig Ray McNab CSC RFD
[L to R] LtCol Graham Ruhle,Peg O'Keeffe, Pat O'Keeffe, Miles Farmer
Patron, Brig Rod Hamilton CSM RFD with LtCol Steve Vokes, Anita Vokes
The assembled multitude

Anzac Day 2014

New Association Banner - ready to March off

Your Association paraded in Brisbane city on Anzac Day 2014 Some 19 members marched and a dozen came to our luncheon at O'Malleys. We were in position 69 in the order of march and some short footge was recorded which Iwill post later. Our new Banner was available.

 Our contingent was led by the President, Col Chris Austin.

Statue tribute for the first man out at Gallipoli Beach landing Controversy resolved.

Article in the Brisbane Times Sat Mar 7, 2014...

..which states, in part,...

And now, before next year's centenary, the controversy looks to have been resolved following the news that an application for a grant is about to be made for a life-size bronze statue of Duncan Chapman, from Maryborough in Queensland. The statue will sit on a plinth that states that Chapman, of the Ninth (Queensland) Battalion, was the first man ashore, Fairfax Media has been told.

Read more:
I've only reproduced the link here due to copyright restrictions.

The Stratford / Chapman discussion continues while we have some evidence that first ashore might have been Jim Bostock - link...

...but I suspect that the story will go on.

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

Frank McCosker

A much earlier Frank - 1943 in 2003

Monday 5 Aug 2013

Here is a  link to a transcript of an interview with Frank McCosker done by the Australian War Memorial in 2003 - well spotted by Brad Shillig.


The link is to an external site at the AWM.