A moving tribute to Queensland submariners who lost their lives during the first and second World Wars was held at Brisbane’s newly refurbished Shrine of Remembrance Crypt and Galleries in August.
The Submarine Association of Queensland, and in particular its President Mr Don ‘Duckrun’ Currell OAM, went to a great deal of effort to have new plaques designed and installed at the shrine.
Mr Currell is a former Submariner and led the project overseeing the fundraising, design and construction of the Submarines Walk Heritage Trail in the inner-Brisbane suburb of New Farm, which was completed in 2013.
He has invested significant effort into ensuring the memory of Australia’s submariners has been preserved and visible at public sites in Brisbane, and their service acknowledged.
The official unveiling of the new plaques was undertaken by Queensland Government Minister Jennifer Howard and Commander Andrew Clowes, who represented the Royal Australian Navy and laid a wreath at the Second World War plaque.
“The speech by Dr Michael White, OAM QC - himself a former submariner - gave a unique historical perspective of the sacrifices made by Queensland born submariners in those two world wars and the plaques are a fitting tribute for future generations,” Commander Clowes said.
The Queensland Shrine of Remembrance is located at Anzac Square, with the crypt in the lower section of the Shrine, below the Eternal Flame.