Redbank Memorial Reserve

Location of Redbank Memorial Reserve

Bridge Street
Redbank QLD 4301

The Redbank Memorial Reserve, which includes tree plantings and footpaths, has several memorial elements.

The Redbank War Memorial (2008), located at the northwest end of the park and facing southeast, includes a large stone with two plaques, set in front of a flagpole. On either side of the stone are polished precast concrete walls, with First World War rolls of honour (Redbank Freezing Works and District) on plaques set at each end of each wall. On the walls’ faces, smaller plaques are dedicated to individuals who served in the Boer War, First and Second World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Three other memorials are located about 40m to the east, along a concrete pathway.

A Helidon sandstone and brick memorial wall (2014), is dedicated to all those who passed through Redbank Army Camp, which was located north of the railway. The wall has information plaques to either side of an Australian Commonwealth Military Forces badge, and is located on the north side of the path.

Opposite the wall, on the south side of the path, is a memorial stone dedicated (1980s) to those members of the Second Australian Imperial Force (2AIF) who passed through Redbank camp during the Second World War, with the main plaque having smaller plaques to individual units below. It also includes plaques for the Salvation Army, and the members of the Redbank Sub Branch RSL. This stone was moved from Redbank Plaza in 2017.

To the east, also on the south side of the path, is a smaller memorial stone with a plaque, dedicated in 2001, on the 85th anniversary of the first ANZAC Day in Queensland, to all those who gave their lives in defence of Australia. This was moved from the Redbank Railway Workshops in 2016.

Inscription

Redbank War Memorial stone, top plaque:

 

REDBANK MEMORIAL
THIS MEMORIAL IS
DEDICATED
TO ALL SERVICEMEN
AND SERVICEWOMEN
IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR
SERVICE IN THE DEFENCE OF
OUR COUNTRY
LEST WE FORGET

 

bottom plaque:

 

THIS GROVE OF 91 TREES WAS PLANTED
ON ARBOR DAY, 10 OCTOBER, 1995 BY
THE STUDENTS OF REDBANK STATE
SCHOOL AND THE FAMILIES OF THOSE
WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR 1. IT
HONOURS ALL THE BRAVE AUSTRALIAN
MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED IN
ALL CONFLICTS OVERSEAS

 

Redbank Army Camp Memorial Wall, centre:

 

REDBANK 
ARMY CAMP
RECOGNISING THE MEN
AND WOMEN WHO PASSED THROUGH
REDBANK ARMY CAMP

 

2AIF Memorial Stone, main plaque:

 

TO THE ETERNAL MEMORY
OF THE THOUSANDS OF MEMBERS OF THE
2ND WORLD WAR
1939-1945
WHO TRAINED AT REDBANK CAMP BEFORE SAILING
FOR OVERSEAS – MANY OF THEM TO PAY THE SUPREME
SACRIFICE FOR THEIR COUNTRY
AND IN TRIBUTE TO 8TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION
LEST WE FORGET
REDBANK RSL

 

Redbank Railway Workshops Memorial Stone, main plaque:

 

IN MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES
IN DEFENCE OF OUR
COUNTRY
LEST WE FORGET

Conflicts commemorated
  • South Africa War, 1899–1902
  • First World War, 1914–1918
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
  • Korean War, 1950–1953
  • Vietnam War, 1962–1972
  • Peacekeeping, 1947–present
Memorial type
Stone/cairn/plinth
Place
Commemorative services held

The Redbank Sub Branch of the RSL holds commemorative services at the Redbank War Memorial on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day each year.

Additional information

The Redbank War Memorial was built, with financial assistance from the Ipswich City Council, by Wilkinson Shaw & Associates; Precast Concrete Products Pty Ltd; Toth Engineering; HAAG Stonemasons; and J&P Richardson.

The honour rolls on the ends of the walls flanking the memorial stone list the names from the timber honour board that was located at the Redbank Railway Station until the 1980s, and since then in the Redbank School of Arts.

The Redbank Army Camp Memorial Wall (dedicated 31 May 2014) was installed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and includes 100 bricks from a heritage-listed Second World War firing range wall, east of Monash Road, which was mistakenly demolished in 2013.

Recorded by
Gary Gibson, Redbank Sub Branch RSL
Date recorded
12 December 2019

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