Naval Memorial

It is pleasing to note that the Naval Memorial Statue at Southbank has and will in the future be the center point for all Naval Memorials here in Brisbane. The only concern is that for some unknown reason it is refered too as the Jack statue instead of the Naval Memorial Statue.It will be said that naval ratings were known as Jack Tars which is in reference to sailors in wind driven ships and it originated in the USA and as our statue and memorial is truely Austrlian.

Proposed Naval Memorial Brisbane

It has long been the concern of many Queenslander’s who have served their country in the Royal Australian Navy and in many cases have paid the supreme sacrifice. That Brisbane and to the greater extent Queensland lacked a true Naval Memorial depicting that service. With this in mind the Queensland Division of the Far East Strategic Reserve Navy Association have joined with the Queensland Naval Association of Australia to try and rectify this situation. We have sought the service of a renowned Queensland sculptress to create a bronze statue of a sailor in pre-1960 No1 rig uniform with a seabag at his side waving goodbye. The sculptress has completed similar projects, such as The Year of The Outback, which stands outside the Council Chambers at Boonah.

After numerous site suggestions we have obtained a site from the Brisbane City Council adjacent to South Bank Memorial Park opposite the Queensland Maritime Museum. The statue will be 2 metres high on a 2mtr octagonal plinth it is visualised that the front will feature a plaque of blue granite with the Naval Logo in gold and the Naval Ode each of the other sides will carry a plaque depicting the ships names in all wars since Federation. WW2 will have all the Battle Honours due to the number of ships involved, is hoped that this memorial when finished will serve as the pinnacle place for all naval events, long overdue in Brisbane. To date, a memorial such as this has not been erected in Queensland and therefore is truly unique and worthy of acknowledgment. It will stand for years to come, marking a moment in time when naval veterans banded together to right an injustice, making a difference not only in their own lives but in the lives of many.

The committee has be seeking funding through Federal and State Governments subsidy schemes, and our own membership bases, but it is anticipated that the cost of the statue at $70,000 will exceed grant expectations. That is why we are seeking financial backing from the private sector; navy oriented associations and from present and past serving members it is our intention to have the names of major donors of $1,000 and members names of a $200 donation inscribed on a brass plaque adjacent to the memorial.

It is our wish that this memorial will honour not only the past, but also touch the social consciousness of generations to come. To date the statue is almost ready for casting; funds are still required to finish this project. There is still time for you to donate and become a part of this truly unique Naval Memorial, the committee would welcome your support in helping to make this memorial a reality, honouring the service past and present of all who served in the Royal Australian Navy.

Seasons greetings

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The Australian the bravest thing God ever made

 (A British Officer’s Opinion)

The skies that arched his land were blue,

His bush-born winds were warm and sweet

And yet from earliest hours he knew

The tide of victory and defeat;

From fierce floods thundering at his birth,

From red droughts ravening while he played,

He learned no fear no foe on earth

The bravest thing God ever made!

The bugles of the motherland

Rang ceaselessly across the sea,

 To call him and his lean brown band

To shape imperial destiny.

He went by youth’s grave purpose willed,

The goal unknown, the cost unweighed-

The bravest thing God ever made.

We know- it is our deathless pride

The splendour of his first fierce blow,

How, reckless, glorious, undenied,

 He stormed those steel-lined cliffs we know!

And none who saw him scale those heights

Behind his reeking bayonet blade

Would rob him of his title right-

The bravest thing God ever made.

Bravest, where half a world of men

Are brave beyond all earth’s rewards,

So stoutly none shall charge again

Till the last breaking of the swords;

Wounded or hale, won home from war,

Or yonder by the Lone Pine laid,

Give him his due for evermore-

The bravest thing God ever made!

W.H. Ogilvie

National Commemoration Day Malayan Emergency & Indonesian Confrontation

Soon to be entrenched the 31st of August to be  gazetted as the “Malaya & Borneo Veteran’s Day”as a result of talks between Maj.Gen J C Hughes AO DSO MC, and Maj Gen Brian (Hori) Howard AO MC ESM, this long awaited recognition will be confirmed and duly recorded in the Australian Military Calender of Commemorations in the near future.