IN COMMEMORATION OF THE BRAVE

Armistice Centenary War Memorial

We honour them

At the main entrance to the Belmont Shooting Complex lies the Armistice Centenary War Memorial (ACWM) – a place to remember the brave. 

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the Great War of 1914-18, the memorial was officially opened on 11th November 2018 and consecrated by former Army chaplain Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Graeme Ramsden OAM.

Community commemorative services are conducted every ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, however, you are most welcome to pay your respects or take the time to reflect, any day of the year.

We honour them

At the main entrance to the Belmont Shooting Complex lies the Armistice Centenary War Memorial (ACWM) – a place to remember the brave. 

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the Great War of 1914-18, the memorial was officially opened on 11th November 2018 and consecrated by former Army chaplain Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Graeme Ramsden OAM.

Community commemorative services are conducted every ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, however, you are most welcome to pay your respects or take the time to reflect, any day of the year.

In commemoration of the brave

Originally intended to honour the more than 500 Riflemen of the QRA who lost their lives during World War I, the memorial also pays tribute to the men and women of all shooting disciplines who have served in defence of the nation in all of Australia’s wars and campaigns since the Boer War, including peace-keeping operations post 1946.

How it all began

With the demolition of the indoor shooting range in Spring Hill in the 1970s, a valuable part of the history of the QRA may have been lost forever. Along with the building went the Honour Boards bearing the names of over 500 Riflemen who made the ultimate sacrifice  in the Great War. These men came from cities, towns and country communities from all over Queensland. They did not hesitate to answer the call to serve their country when they were needed most. 

Current members of the QRA saw the need to perpetuate their memory, and thus the idea of the war memorial was conceived. In 2017, Mr John Johnstone OAM, a former President of the QRA, suggested that a new War Memorial should be constructed by 2018 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending The Great War of 1914-1918.

The Commemorations Committee

A Commemorations Committee was formed. Among those involved from the beginning was Mr John Johnstone OAM, founder of the QRA Museum. Ably assisted by members of the newly formed Commemorations Committee, Mr Johnstone set the ball rolling. Mr Richard Kenny OAM as secretary and project manager, and Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Bob Cramp as Deputy Chair to the Project Management Team, have been instrumental in overseeing the Armistice Centenary War Memorial project from its inception. Later the committee was expanded to include others, including Mr Anthony Swaine (Designer) and QRA Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Graeme Ramsden OAM. 

Whilst the committee operates under the umbrella of the QRA, it acts on behalf of all shooting clubs and associations operating within the Belmont Shooting Complex, and moreover, the broader Australian community. The committee has expanded to include members with a wide range of expertise.

Funding

The timing of the project was perfect. The idea of the memorial coincided with the availability of a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. That allowed the QRA to begin construction, with additional financial support from the Belmont Shooting Complex Site Users’ Association (BSUA), the Management Committee of the QRA Museum and private donations.

The memorial is a work in progress. From its humble origins, it has grown from strength to strength, and improvements are continually being made as funds become available. Exciting plans are in place for further enhancement of the site.

Funding

The timing of the project was perfect. The idea of the memorial coincided with the availability of a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. That allowed the QRA to begin construction, with additional financial support from the Belmont Shooting Complex Site Users’ Association (BSUA), the Management Committee of the QRA Museum and private donations.

The memorial is a work in progress. From its humble origins, it has grown from strength to strength, and improvements are continually being made as funds become available. Exciting plans are in place for further enhancement of the site.

Stages of construction

The memorial comprises the Armistice Centenary Memorial Gate at the primary entrance to the Belmont Shooting Complex on Old Cleveland Road, as well as a circular memorial forming part of a contemplative garden. Construction has been planned in stages and is well under way.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

A Memorial Gate at the primary entrance to the complex comprising three large block columns either side of the road. Affixed to the two main entrance piers are badges: on the left The Great War 1914-18 and on the right, Crossed Rifles, the universal symbol of Riflemen. Both badges are surmounted by laurel wreaths. All six pillars of the memorial gate are illuminated at night.

A War Memorial consisting of a circular base with a central memorial stone surrounded by 11 sandstone plinths, a physical reminder that it was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the first Armistice Day in 1918, when the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. Each plinth bears a plaque dedicated to a shooting club or association, acknowledging their members' service in Australia’s armed forces in peace and war. It is anticipated that, over time, more shooting clubs throughout Queensland will add their plaques.

A flagpole adjacent to the central memorial stone, flies the Australian national flag, which is illuminated between sunset & sunrise.

Stage 2A:

Two curved flanking memorial walls on the western and northern sides of the central memorial.

The western wall displays the words LEST WE FORGET between two enlarged Rising Sun badges, similar to the slouch hat badge worn by Australian soldiers in both World Wars and today’s army.
The northern wall displays 12 plaques, naming the principal wars and campaigns that Australia has been involved in since the Boer War, including Peacekeeping operations.

In the centre of the plaques on the northern wall are the three current Service badges of the ADF Community Service, in recognition of the bushfire crisis and Covid19 response.

An upgraded underground electrical power supply to the War Memorial to illuminate the two flanking memorial walls, and powering a new public address system used on commemorative occasions.

Stage 2B:

Overlaying the concrete surface of the central memorial with sandstone tiles in the pattern of Australia's Federation Star – a unifying symbol of the nation and emphasising the national significance of the memorial.

Additional electrical works to upgrade the lighting of both the Memorial Stone and the central flagpole.

Remedial landscaping works after completion of Stage 2, including the construction of garden beds at the base of each memorial wall, to bring the entire precinct to the highest standard of public presentation, all year round.

A Memorial Walkway linking the ACWM with the QRA Museum where the Honour Boards for the Great War and other memorabilia are on permanent display.

Kerbing and channelling at the entrance of the main drive and the construction of tiered seating on the western side of the roadway.

The installation of not less than three additional flagpoles to fly the flags of other nations on commemorative and other occasions.

The construction of a memorial wall where families can install plaques for deceased loved ones who have been members of clubs and associations associated with Australia’s many shooting disciplines.

Associated projects

The Commemorations Committee is also engaged with the QRA Museum in the following ways:

  • Build a database of the servicemen and women from QRA and other shooting clubs in the complex who served in major conflicts.
    • Complete the compilation of records for World War I and development of corresponding Honour Boards.
    • Develop and record the service of all QRA members in World War II and wars and campaigns post 1946.
  • Link the War Memorial to the precinct to display Honour Boards and relevant memorabilia.

Associated projects

The Commemorations Committee is also engaged with the QRA Museum in the following ways:

  • Build a database of the servicemen and women from QRA and other shooting clubs in the complex who served in major conflicts.
    • Complete the compilation of records for World War I and development of corresponding Honour Boards.
    • Develop and record the service of all QRA members in World War II and wars and campaigns post 1946.
  • Link the War Memorial to the precinct to display Honour Boards and relevant memorabilia.

Community involvement

The rich history of the QRA’s wartime role, and the service of men and women from all shooting disciplines in Australia’s armed forces, is a unique heritage of which all Australians can be proud. The Armistice Centenary War Memorial project has presented an incredible opportunity to share this with the wider community. 

Each year the Commemorations Committee extends a warm welcome to people living in the suburbs surrounding the Belmont Shooting Complex and to staff and students at schools in the local area, to attend the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day commemorative services. Many of these people have a special connection with the QRA, or with a past or present member of the armed forces, so their presence at these events is especially meaningful. 

Younger members of the community are particularly encouraged to play an active role, such as by laying a wreath or by volunteering to do a Scripture reading. It was a proud moment on Remembrance Day 2021 when students from Gumdale State School and Moreton Bay College participated in the service. There are plans to foster relationships with other schools in the area and to develop stronger connections in the future through a variety of projects.

We urge the local community to feel that this memorial belongs to them. It is a special place where they can feel welcome at any time.

Visitors' experiences

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Community involvement

The rich history of the QRA’s wartime role, and the service of men and women from all shooting disciplines in Australia’s armed forces, is a unique heritage of which all Australians can be proud. The Armistice Centenary War Memorial project has presented an incredible opportunity to share this with the wider community. 

Each year the Commemorations Committee extends a warm welcome to people living in the suburbs surrounding the Belmont Shooting Complex and to staff and students at schools in the local area, to attend the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day commemorative services. Many of these people have a special connection with the QRA, or with a past or present member of the armed forces, so their presence at these events is especially meaningful. 

Younger members of the community are particularly encouraged to play an active role, such as by laying a wreath or by volunteering to do a Scripture reading. It was a proud moment on Remembrance Day 2021 when students from Gumdale State School and Moreton Bay College participated in the service. There are plans to foster relationships with other schools in the area and to develop stronger connections in the future through a variety of projects. 

We urge the local community to feel that this memorial belongs to them. It is a special place where they can feel welcome at any time.

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Friends of the Museum and War Memorial

This special site is a place for our whole community. There are many ways in which your help would be appreciated, such as participation in events and commemorative services, physical labour, helping at the museum and conducting research.

You may have skills that you would like to contribute, and we would love to hear about your interest in becoming involved. It is up to you how much time you wish to spend with us.

If you wish to contribute your time or be involved in some way, you are invited to let the Commemorations Committee know.

Friends of the Museum and War Memorial

This special site is a place for our whole community. There are many ways in which your help would be appreciated, such as participation in events and commemorative services, physical labour, helping at the museum and conducting research.

You may have skills that you would like to contribute, and we would love to hear about your interest in becoming involved. It is up to you how much time you wish to spend with us.

If you wish to contribute your time or be involved in some way, you are invited to let the Commemorations Committee know.

About Us

The Queensland Rifle Association fosters target rifle shooting and firearms training through our clubs.   Different classes of rifle shooting are conducted by our Clubs under the Standard Shooting Rules (SSRs) of the National Rifle Association of Australia (NRAA).

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Queensland Rifle Association acknowledges the support of the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.  Through this financial support QRA is able to deliver a number of programs designed to meet the goals of Queensland Government’s Activate! Queensland Strategy.

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There are many ways in which your help would be appreciated, like participation in events and commemorative services, physical labour, helping out at the museum and conducting research.

You may have other skills that you would like to contribute, and we would love to hear about your strengths. It is completely up to you how much time you wish to spend with us.

Albert Rifle Club

Small club whose members have many years experience in the sport of fullbore shooting bot target rifle & F Class and will always provide the assistance required to potential new members in order to grow to our sport and open it up to others.

  • Location

    Duncan Range, Belmont Shooting Complex, 1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont

  • Distances shot at range

    300 yards to 1000 yards

  • When do we shoot

    Saturday afternoon

  • How often do we shoot

    Weekly

  • Disciplines

    TR, FSTD, FO, FTR

  • Shooting Programs

    Come and Try Program