Army Museum North Queensland

The Army Museum North Queensland at the northern end of the Strand. It is located in a newly refurbished building within the Jezzine Barracks complex. It contains excellent exhibits on the history of the Australian Army in North Queensland and related military conflicts, including the Boer War, WWI, WWII, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War.

It contains an extensive Collection of the history of the Army in North Queensland that extend from the establishment of the first defences at Townsville and Thursday Island until the present day.

The earliest history of the Army in North Queensland can be traced back to the early 1880’s. Volunteer Independent Rifle Companies were formed at many towns throughout the northern region.

On October 30 1886, the 3rd Queensland (or Kennedy Regiment) was gazetted and based at Kissing Point, Townsville, with Major William Slade Vincent as its first commanding officer.

The history of the Museum dates back to 1979, where the North Queensland Military Museum committee of management requested Townsville authorities that Fort Kissing Point be allowed to open as a Military Museum.

The Fort operated as a museum until August 2008 when it was closed for further restoration. The North Queensland Military museum was renamed the Army Museum of North Queensland and relocated to its current premises in 2009.

the Museum consists of three galleries.

Gallery One focuses on the history of the Australian Army in North Queensland  from the late 1800’s till the end of the Boer War.  Displays include a Colonial Officers tent and stories about the defence of North Queensland during the Shearer’s Strike.

Gallery Two focuses on World Wars I and II, showcasing the fabulous Honour Boards from both conflicts.  Stories of North Queensland soldiers during the Great War are enhanced by interactive displays and the effects of the  World War Two on the Townsville region.  Displays include interactive World War One trench and western front tunnels and gun emplacements used in Townsville during World War Two .

Gallery Three focuses on more recent and contemporary conflicts including Korea, Vietnam, East Timor, Solomon Islands and the Middle East. Displays include a Korean War command bunker, a gun position from South-East Asian conflicts and a kids command centre play area.

The Museum is staffed by part-time Australian Army personnel, and a team of dedicated volunteers who lead informative tours throughout the three galleries.

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