61st Battalion Queensland Cameron Highlanders Memorial Shelter

Location of 61st Battalion Queensland Cameron Highlanders Memorial Shelter

Stewart Place Memorial Reserve, Cnr Stewart and Waterworks Roads
Ashgrove QLD 4060

The memorial consists of the reclaimed former Stewart Place tram shelter, and houses the tributes, history and memories of the 61st Battalion Queensland Cameron Highlanders between 1938 and 1946. The Ashgrove RSL Sub-Branch, with financial support from various sources, renovated the shelter and included signage and 12 interpretive panels that tell the story of the service, sacrifice and triumph of this unit.

Inscription

LEST WE FORGET

Refer to extra images for the interpretive panels.

Conflicts commemorated
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
  • Unit memorials
Memorial type
Structure
Commemorative services held
The memorial was dedicated by a ceremony on Sunday 15 November 2009, and will be the site for the commemorative events of ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.
Additional information

In late 1938 Colonel John Grant MC VD of Ashgrove was appointed to raise and command the 61st Battalion Queensland Cameron Highlanders. A militia unit with its own kilted uniform and Pipes and Drums, it was well trained and highly regarded.

In 1942 the 61st Battalion played a leading role in the Battle of Milne Bay, New Guinea. When the fierce battle ended with the Japanese withdrawal it broke the 'spell of the seemingly invincible Japanese Army'. Having swept through South-East
Asia and into New Guinea, this was their first defeat on land in the Second World War. This significantly boosted morale for Allied forces in the Pacific and Asia. Milne Bay was the furthest south the Japanese Army reached in the Second World War.

The memorial is complemented by three other memorials in the Stewart Place memorial precinct. The other memorials are:

Ashgrove War Memorial
Ashgrove Stewart Place Gallipoli Pine
Ashgrove Stewart Place Field Gun

61st Battalion Queensland Cameron Highlanders Plaque - Shrine of Memories, ANZAC Square

Recorded by
Matt Smith, QLD War Memorial Register
Date recorded
25 November 2009

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