National Servicemen's War Memorial Gardens
The original white cairn with a plaque inserted on front, was upgraded to the memorial format that is present in 2009. The Memorial Garden is maintained by the National Serviceman's RSL Sub-Branch, and contains a number of design elements. The memorial is built around a central dias and flagpoles, supporting a Pack Howitzer artillery piece. The Navy and Air Force are represented by a propellar and anchor, inserted on either side of the main dias. In addition, there are two brick walls, that support Roll of Honour plaques to the 212 National Servicemen who died on active service in South Vietnam and Borneo. The opposite wall displays ex-service personnel and ex-RSL personnel, who have died since the conclusion of National Service in the early 1970s. The whole memorial is surrounded by gardens.
Refer to additional images.
- Conflicts commemorated
- Malayan Emergency, 1948–1960
- Indonesian Confrontation, 1962–1966
- Vietnam War, 1962–1972
- Unit memorials
- Memorial type
- Commemorative services held
- Services are held every Remembrance Day, Anzac Day, as a Dawn Service and Vietnam Veterans Day. These services are held for all National Servicemen, ex-service People and the public.
- Additional information
These Gardens were originally built on land put aside by the Brisbane City Council for a Memorial. The Norman Park RSL sub branch started the Memorial and it was maintained by the Brisbane City Council. The National Servicemen s RSL sub branch took over the Gardens and modernised the site, with help from grants, and the sub branch members funding the remaining $35,000 in costs.
Norman Park RSL and the National Servicemen s RSL sub branches share the Gardens. These new Memorial Gardens were dedicated in October 2003.
(National Servicemen's Association - www.nashos.org.au)
- Recorded by
- Peter Ryan, President, National Serviceman's RSL Sub Branch (Images supplied)
- Date recorded
- 15 April 2009