Pinkenba State School 1939–1945 Memorial Gates

Location of Pinkenba State School 1939–1945 Memorial Gates

248 Eagle Farm Road
Pinkenba QLD 4008

The Memorial Gates at Pinkenba State School commemorate the individuals of the area and consequently students of the school who served within Australia's military forces during World War II.

The memorial gates consist of four pillars, with the central two and tallest pillars flanking the school driveway. The space is closed by a wrought iron gate.

Smaller brick pillars on the outside of these, provide support for pedestian gateways. Both the main and pedestrian gateways exhibit decorative scroll work and geometric design.

A wrought iron arch straddles the space, exhibiting the wording 1939 Memorial 1945. Small flag poles project from the top of the pillars.

On each front aspect of the central pillars a commemorative Roll of Honour panel has been inserted. The left panel commemorates 2 individuals who died in the service and 45 others. The right panel is in duplicate form, with additional names.

Connections to the school and Pinkenba community are evident in the form of the multiple sets of the same family name on the panels.


1939 MEMORIAL 1945

Left Panel Right Panel

[Names of dead] [Names of dead]

[Service Individuals] [Service Individuals]

Conflicts commemorated
Second World War, 1939–1945
Memorial type
Additional information

Pinkenba State School is a rare surviving example of an 1870s school. On land donated for the purpose by Thomas McBride, a
pioneer farmer in the area, the school was deemed necessary for the area by the Department of Public Instruction due to the increase in population coupled with new Queensland legislation for compulsory education for children.

Although the original building has been extended it still retains its original core. Set amongst an avenue of well established trees and extensive playground the school reflects the community s development in the late nineteenth century. Memorial gates a reflection of the community's commemoration.

First known as Boggy Creek the Pinkenba area came about as a result of the expansion of the European settlers in the early nineteenth century. The Eagle Farm area was predominately a farming area in the late nineteenth century. However, from as early as the 1860s the Pinkenba area was progressively used for small farming. As a result of the Queensland Government s mmigration initiatives, those immigrants moving out to the Pinkenba area were predominately of German origin and established small farming lots on which a variety of produce was grown including grapes, bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, cabbages and cauliflowers.

By 1874 there were twenty-two families living in the Pinkenba area. As a reflection of the growth in population in this area the Pinkenba School was established. In 1875 the Queensland Government passed the Education Act deeming education for children between the ages of six and eleven compulsory, free and secular.

In 1897 the Eagle Farm railway line was extended to Pinkenba due to the growing population and the demand from industry. The Pinkenba wharf was extended in 1898. The infrastructure developments were coupled with the opening up of the mouth of the Brisbane River through dredging, allowing a greater capacity for large ships to enter the Pinkenba reach of the river.

By the turn of the century Pinkenba consisted of a small community of workers cottages, a school, a hall, a post office, six shops, several guest houses and a hotel. The police station was built in 1901.

In 1899 the Pinkenba Wharf saw the first Brisbane contingent of troops leave for the Boer War in South Africa. It subsequently became the main departure point for troop ships leaving for this conflict. With the onslaught of the First World War, Pinkenba Wharf was Brisbane s main departure point for troops and equipment leaving to serve in the conflict.

The Second World War saw an unprecedented volume of traffic and industry utilising the wharf. Pinkenba Wharf played a major role in the war effort in this period. A United States Military depot was established on the wharf for the loading of vast amounts of ammunition onto military vessels destined for the conflict in the Pacific. This depot employed many local Pinkenba farmers and workers throughout the war.

The school was central to this wartime activity. The school community built an air-raid shelter and Memorial Gate at the entrance to the school commemorating all the Pinkenba residents who served.
(Source BCC Heritage)

Recorded by
Queensland War Memorial Register
Date recorded
1 October 2012

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