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History of The Queensland Defence Force

1859 - 10th December The first Governor of Queensland, Sir George Bowen arrived to proclaim the creation of the Colony of Queensland. On arrival, he noted that "there is not a single soldier in Queensland".

1860 - 1st March- Government accepts services of No.1 Infantry Company and Queensland Mounted Rifles from Ipswich.

1863 - 24 pdr Carrons arrive

1867 - 29th March- Government accepts services of No. 3 Infantry Company - The Spring Hill and Fortitude Valley Rifle Corp.

1877 - - Jervois & Scratchly Review Queensland Defence Force. 11th Aug - 500 Volunteers reviewed at Queen's Park by Major Snelling.

1885 - Av Strgh - QDF (Land)-2599 total Apr - During the "war scare", 50 volunteers from the Moreton Regt are part of a composite unit sent to Ft. Lytton to "strengthen the Fort and protect the river entrance".

1891 - Av Strgh - QDF (Land)-4575 total - 26th Mar - 1st Regiment called-out for SHEARER'S STRIKE Left Brisbane by train for Bundaberg; Train left at Yandina (line ended) - troops marched 14kms (Full Order) through torrential rain to Cooran (line resumed). Wire sent from Cooran to Gympie requesting Hot Meal and dry socks. At Gympie, jeered/ jostled by a crowd of 300 to 400 - order given to fix bayonets and to Advance at the Charge.

1893 - Av Strgh - QDF (Land)-3967 total

1898 - Aug - Queensland Defence Force (A Batt) issued with .303 Martini-Enfields Nov - Queensland Defence Force directed to "hand in" all Martini-Henry Arms

1899 - - First Volunteers from Queensland leave for South Africa

1901 - 22nd Jan - Death of Her Majesty Queen Victoria - Absorption of State Defence Forces into the Commonwealth Military Forces. - Special Parade for Inauguration of Commonwealth (Melbourne) 25th May - Duke of York reviews Queensland Defence Force at Ft. Lytton.

1902 - - Queensland Defence Force issued with .303 Lee-Enfields ??

1903 - March - Queensland units absorbed into Commonwealth Defence Force.

1910 - - Lord Kitchener reviews Queensland Defence Force at Ft. Lytton.

1911- 22nd Jun - Last parade of "Redcoats" held at Exhibition Grounds (Coronation Day Parade). 1st Jul - New Organisation, Queensland now to have 12 Infantry Battalions.

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