Navy Chief unveils south Brisbane memorial

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Phil Fairs (author), CAPT Letitia Van Stralen (photographer)

Location(s): Brisbane

Topic(s): Ceremony and Traditions, HMAS Toowoomba (F156), HMAS Paluma (A01), HMAS Maryborough (P95), NUSHIP Brisbane (D41)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, with veterans in front of the new memorial in Brisbane dedicated to the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: CAPT Letitia Van Stralen)
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, with veterans in front of the new memorial in Brisbane dedicated to the Royal Australian Navy.

On 27 May the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, unveiled a new memorial in Brisbane dedicated to the Royal Australian Navy.
 
The event was attended by over 400 local residents including the Governor of Queensland, local, state and federal political representatives, as well as Navy veterans, current serving members, their families and friends.
 
The unveiling occurred at the southern end of Southbank at the entrance to the South Brisbane Memorial Park.
 
The Far East Strategic Reserve Navy Association (Queensland) and the Navy Association of Australia, Queensland Section were responsible for raising the funds and coordinating the design and creation of the memorial.
 
The memorial consists of a statue standing on top of a plinth with dedication plaques on each face.
 
The plaques show the Royal Australian Navy’s involvement in major conflicts and operations, naming the ships involved or the battle honours awarded from the First World War to current operations.
 
“Queensland has a proud Naval tradition and many of our Navy’s ships bear the names of Queensland towns, such as HMA Ships Toowoomba, Maryborough, Paluma and the former and future destroyer HMAS Brisbane,” he said.
 
“I had the privilege of being present for the launch of the new Brisbane last year,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
 
The memorial is the only public memorial statue in Queensland to honour those who serve or who have served in the Royal Australian Navy since federation in times of war and peace.
 
Mr Rudi Bianchi, President of the Far East Strategic Reserve Navy Association (Queensland), said the area will become a vital landmark for future ceremonies.
 
“The historic area of Southbank, where this Navy memorial stands, will continue as a revered significant landmark as it evolves into a key hub for many naval ceremonies into the future,” he said.