The VVAA QUEENSLAND BRANCH “REMEMBRANCE HOUSE”
Gifted by “THE DIGGER’S ASSOCIATION”
61 Progress Rd, Burpengary Qld. 4505
Phone: 07 3888 6004
Office Hrs: Tue and Thur – 08.30 to 12.00
The new Remembrance House, purchased by VVAA Queensland Branch has now been fully opened and is a magnificent reminder of the hardships that our veteran fore bearers dealt with and also a lasting reminder to their courage and sacrifice that we as Australians should never forget. It is a continuing and ongoing tribute to Vietnam veterans and to those military veterans who serve this country at present.
Funding for this project was a gift to the VVAA Queensland Branch from the Digger’s Association of their building in South Brisbane. Unfortunately, because of the location, lack of parking for visitors and the general dilapidation of the building it was considered unsuitable for our future use, and following consultation with our members it was decided to sell the building and purchase elsewhere. The name Remembrance House has been continued as a mark of our respect for the original founders, The Diggers Association, and as a thank you for their services and their wonderful gift.
The new Remembrance House is situated at 61 – 67 Progress Road, Burpengary, Queensland, 4505 down a quiet and tree laden Court and set on several acres which has been selectively cleared to give a broad outlook to the vista, and supply a peaceful and serene setting for our veterans and friends to visit.
Remembrance House is open Tuesday and Thursday from 08.30 to 12.00 hours. All veterans, their partners and visitors are welcome to visit, meet old friends, or just partake of the friendly atmosphere that this wonderful area exudes.
The grounds are quite extensive and allow for quiet walks amongst the trees and creek and various small lagoons that abound the property. For the wild life followers you will not be disappointed. Your PTT Editor has spied four types of wild ducks, kookaburras nesting in the trees, several koalas amongst the gum trees; ring tailed possums, water lizards, and the usual array of wildlife seen generally in the bush type area. Truly a remarkable spot to walk around in the peace and quiet, rest and be lost in your own thoughts or explore to your hearts content amongst the flora and fauna.
Remembrance House is for all veterans and its purpose is to provide a restful and peaceful building and surrounds for the enjoyment and comradeship of all walks of allied veterans. The name Remembrance is synonymous to all military veterans. We remember our mates, we remember our fallen, and we remember our service. What more fitting name our fore bearers thought of when the original house was opened. Let us trust that we may continue the name, the goodwill, and instil in our grandchildren the legacies we have fought and died for. IN REMEMBRANCE. LEST WE FORGET.
Photos: The old Remembrance House in Brisbane. The lagoons and grounds at the new Remembrance House. The World War One wheel chair from The Old Remembrance House now located in the foyer entrance in The New Remembrance House. Story and photographs by Peter Farrelly (VVAA Brisbane North).