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Anzac Day 2014

New Association Banner - being printed today - 17 Apr

Your Association will parade in Brisbane city on Anzac Day 2014 and all members are invited to attend. We are position 69 in the order of march [forming up George, Charlotte and Mary Sts]. The March commences at 10:00am and members are invited to congregate afterwards at O'Malleys Irish Pub, under the Wintergarden Mall, for light refreshments. Our new Banner will be available on the day.


9RQR has invited members of the Association to their Dawn Service commencing with Coffee Royale at 0500 hrs and the Dawn Service at 0545 hrs on 25 April at the Bn Memorial, Coxen Rd within the Enoggera Barracks and afterwards at a Gunfire Breakfast at 0630 hrs. As there is expected to be a high volume of traffic into the Barracks participants are advised to use the Wanimo St and Fraser Rd Gayes as early as possible. 


Brad Shillig will officially represent the Association and lay a wreath on our behalf.

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.

Soldiers in Skin

Michael Bond launching 'Soldiers in Skin'

Friday 5 June 2013

A large number of people gathered at the old Victoria Barracks Officers Mess for the launch of Michael Bond's book Soldiers in Skin. Michael launched the book with a lengthy, and humerous, dissertation of its creation and scope. A number of the soldiers mentioned in the book were also present.



Michael Bond commanded the 9th Battalion of the Royal Queensland Regiment for three years from 2009 to 2011. During this time over 300 reserve soldiers from the battalion deployed on operations, a number unprecedented for a reserve unit since the Second World War. 
In 2012 Michael Bond was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for his command of the battalion.
“Immerse yourself as I reveal the calibre of young people wearing the uniform of their country, Australia.”

Tales include the morale raising magic of a fictitious hat; trekking over 100 kilometres with 40 Indigenous teenagers; a stolen soldier; and the serious business of the Queensland floods in 2011 from Gympie to Grantham.


The book is available for $20 from the Museum at Enoggera and shortly from our new WebShop.

9th Battalion soldiers taking 48 Indigenous teenagers on a trek of over 100 km. The trek was in the footsteps of the Aboriginal people who were marched from Kilcoy to Cherbourg in the early 1900s