REMEMBERING REDCLIFFE"S FIRST WORLD WAR VETERANS

On 22nd May 2018, President Cheryl Salisbury presented the first copy of the Group's publication entitled "Remembering Redcliffe's World War One Veterans" to Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor, Allan Sutherland. 


The Project owes its origins to the Genealogical Society of Queensland who sent out a request for help to local family history societies throughout Queensland.  They aimed to locate all the WWI Memorials, erected to honour those who enlisted for duty in the Great War throughout Queensland whether they be Honour Boards, rolls, small memorials, plaques or whatever.  These may be found tucked away almost anywhere – in churches, schools, community halls, businesses, museums.


Having done this, the next step was to compile a comprehensive database of the names listed on the Honour Boards.  We found just two Honour Boards in our area, one located at the Redcliffe RSL and the other at the Woody Point Memorial School of Arts.


Having started this search, we decided that we could play our own part in the First World War Centenary commemorations and take matters a step or two further.  As our name implies, we basically focus on family history matters, so although there were numerous other WWI projects being planned throughout Australia, we thought we could still make a valuable contribution by weaving our project around this aspect.


So. this ambitious project focussed on all those persons who are mentioned on the two Honour Boards found in Redcliffe.  A list of the names collected can be seen on the photos below.


The resulting publication has been made available to the public through the Redcliffe Public Library, The State Library and the National Library, the Sandgate and North Lakes Libraries as well as The Redcliffe RSL and the Redcliffe Uniting Church.  Over the years, much has been written about the exploits of the generals, officers and heroes of the Great War but there has been little written about the “ordinary” men and women.


We hope that the now published book containing the outcome of our research will make an important local contribution to the World War I Centenary commemorations, helping to keep alive the memory of these unsung service men and women and giving the wider public a deeper understanding of how much we owe to them.

Woody Point Memorial Hall
Woody Point Honour Board
Redcliffe RSL Honour Board
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Roger Hendey,
15 May 2013, 02:25
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