Colonial Forces Study Group (Qld)

Queensland Military History: 1860-1901

 
Cities & Towns
cfsg7Parade of the Moreton Regiment, Queen Street, Brisbane.  John Oxley Library image#117037

Over four decades more than forty towns and cities across Queensland provided personnel for the colonial military and naval forces.

There was a higher concentration of personnel from the populated south-east corner of the colony, however many towns along the eastern coast and inland centres supported their citizens who gave up their time for military training.

Details about these places can be found in the CFSG(Q) publication 'A Most Promising Corps: Citizen Soldiers in Colonial Queensland, 1860 - 1903', which you can order from our online shop.

The towns covered in this publication include:

  • Allora
  • Augathella
  • Ayr
  • Beenleigh
  • Biggenden
  • Blackstone
  • Boonah
  • Bowen
  • Brisbane & suburbs
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Charters Towers
  • Childers
  • Clermont
  • Clifton
  • Cooktown
  • Dalby
  • Gatton
  • Gladstone & Port Curtis
  • Gympie
  • Herberton
  • Howard
  • Hughenden
  • Ingham
  • Ipswich
  • Lowood
  • Mackay
  • Maryborough
  • Mount Morgan
  • Nerang
  • North Pine
  • Ravenswood
  • Redcliffe
  • Rockhampton
  • Roma
  • Southport
  • Stanthorpe
  • Thursday Island
  • Toowoomba
  • Townsville
  • Warwick

 

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Cadets from the Rockhampton Volunteer Corps, part of the Queensland Defence Force, ca. 1890.  John Oxley Library image#14033

Rifle clubs, which were established under the Defence Act, 1884 were sometimes formed in towns that did not have a regular military unit. These included:

  • Alpha
  • Atherton
  • Aubigny
  • Barcaldine
  • Beaudesert
  • Burketown
  • Canungra
  • Cleveland
  • Cordalba
  • Crow’s Nest
  • Croydon
  • Cunnamulla
  • Eidsvold
  • Emerald
  • Eton
  • Fairymead
  • Fassifern
  • Georgetown
  • Geraldton
  • Golden Gate
  • Goondiwindi
  • Habana
  • Halifax
  • Herbert River
  • Irvinebank
  • Killarney
  • Laidley
  • Limestone
  • Longreach
  • Marburg
  • Millchester
  • Mitchell
  • Montville
  • Mossman
  • Mount Albion
  • Mount Usher
  • Mulgrave
  • Nambour
  • Normanton
  • Pheonix
  • Pimpama
  • Pimpama Island
  • Port Douglas
  • Queenton
  • Rosewood
  • St George
  • Samson Vale
  • Sellheim
  • Slacks Creek
  • South Kolan
  • Southbrook
  • Springsure
  • Tarampa
  • Terrors Creek
  • Thargomindah
  • Upper Pine
  • Wallumbilla
  • Waterford
  • Watsonville
  • Winton
  • Yandaran
  • Yangan
Note: You can read about the
Queensland Scottish Rifle Club by clicking here .