Anzac Centenary Lockyer Valley

Veterans’ groups and other eligible community organisations can apply for grants of up to $30,000 (exclusive GST) to create or conserve a lasting legacy for future generations. This was the display at Gatton in the arcade where the Library is and the Queensland Truck Museum

Several of The Premier’s Anzac Prize 2015 recipients have showcased their journeys through Gallipoli and the Western Front in the Voices from Afar installation at the State Library of Queensland, as part of the Distant Lines First World War Exhibition.

The Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre is home to a dedicated Anzac Wall. This wall displays ten portraits and their stories of Lockyer Valley locals who fought in World War 1. Below is a listing of all ten brave men that are displayed on the wall. For more information about each man please come in to the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre located in Gatton to see the wall and read more in depth each mans story.

PTE. James Andrews – 25th Battalion
Born in 1890, James was one of eight boys and three girls. James managed his family’s farm with one of his younger brothers and was a member of the Ma Ma Creek rifle club. At age 25 he enlisted along with his youngest, and under aged, brother. He arrived in France as part of the British Expeditionary Force in the middle of the enormous Battle of the Somme. The battle lasted 5 months and claimed one million lives. James died August 5th while in this battle. Two of his brothers also lost their lives later on in the war. In 1919, Mrs Andrews, mother of the three boys, erected a monument in dedication to her three sons. The memorable statue still stands today and can be found at the Ma Ma Creek Cemetery.