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HMQS Gayundah in Bundaberg in 1890

QUEENSLAND NAVAL BRIGADE

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SOUTHPORT VOLUNTEER COMPANY

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HISTORY

The original Queensland naval brigade was formed in 1873 when the colony of Queensland was required to raise it's own defence force. This raising of the Queensland defence force was due in part to the Russian invasion scare in 1880. The Queensland naval brigade was a branch of the Queensland defence force and were used as naval infantry to garrison and defend major ports along the Queensland coast.

The Queensland naval brigade companies were raised in most major centres along the Queensland coastline, Brisbane, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns, with a detachment on Thursday Island. being the major areas.

In 1900 the Queensland naval brigade was invited to participate with the New South Wales and Victorian naval brigades to form a contingent to assist the royal navy to put down the Boxer Rebellion in north china; this campaign was to be called the 3rd china war of 1900. Due to funding cuts by the Queensland government of the day the brigade did not participate in the campaign, but many members travelled south to enlist in the New South Wales and Victorian naval brigade, and served with honour.

The commandant of the Queensland marine defence force at this time was Captain William Cresswell R.N., who went on to command the South Australian Navy 3rd rate cruiser "Protector". After the China campaign, Captain Cresswell went on to become the founder of the Commonwealth Naval Force and is sometimes referred to as the "Father" of the Royal Australian Navy. The Royal Australian Navy's officer training base in Jervois Bay, New South Wales is named in his honour.

In 1901 the colonies of Australia were united to become the commonwealth of Australia, the Queensland naval brigade then became part of the commonwealth naval force and in part of the royal Australian reserve, where some members saw active service in the Gallipoli campaign in world war one.

PRESENT

The current day Queensland Naval Brigade was formed in 1988 at Southport, and is based on the same lines as a company of the Queensland Naval Brigade. Its main role is to keep alive the tradition and drill of the original Brigade, all uniforms and equipment are based on the original pattern of 1898.Click here to view pictures

The company is a living history unit and follows the training and drill that was used in 1898.

The company performs Cenotaph Guards and Guards of Honour for ANZAC day, Armistice day, VJ. Day and many other parades for most ex-service organisation in and around the Gold Coast. More details click here

Contact us at
Phone 07 5573 7563                     Fax 07 5561 7725                       A/Hrs 07 5561 7991
Mobile 0414 658 495                         Email qdeck@powerup.com.au

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