Brisbane's WWII historic homes

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Sun 18 Sep


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Back by popular demand, join us for a free talk exploring Brisbane's historic homes, commandeered by Australian and US forces during WWII.

In 1942, Brisbane's modest population of 335,000 was greatly affected as US servicemen flooded the city following the rapid expansion of Japanese forces throughout the Pacific. This sudden expansion necessitated the building of camps to accommodate troops and the commandeering of many buildings to house people and provide working environments.

Drawing from State Library's digital collection of military stories, diaries, letters, photographs, and artefacts, this free talk will explore:

  • the secrets found behind the doors of the imposing Nyrambla in Ascot
  • what was built in the grounds of beautiful Tighnabruaich near the river in Indooroopilly
  • how the 19th century villa residence of Rhyndarra in Yeronga served the war effort
  • who resided at Robrae house in St Lucia and who lived in Newstead House

Please note, this event sold out in 2021, so reserve your seat early to avoid disappointment.

After the talk, visitors can stay to explore the Memorial Galleries - embarking on a free interactive journey from World War I to today, before taking time to reflect on the remarkable stories of bravery and sacrifice in the tranquil parklands.

Anzac Square Memorial Galleries is located at 285 Ann Street, Brisbane. Entry is through the double brass doors located beneath the Shrine of Remembrance.

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Sun 18 Sep