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Victoria Barracks, Brisbane

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Phone  +61 7 3233 4531
Victoria Barracks, Brisbane
Address  Petrie Terrace,Victoria Army Barracks,Brisbane,QLD,4000, Australia
Similar  Queensland Military Memorial, Queensland Police Museum, Victoria Barracks - Sydney, MacArthur Museum Brisbane, Brisbane's Living Heritage

Victoria Barracks is an Australian Army base in the Brisbane suburb of Petrie Terrace in Queensland.

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Colonial era

Following Queensland's separation from New South Wales in 1859, the new government was faced with a problem: there was no permanent military presence in the new colony. The decision was made to establish a permanent presence at a site known as 'Green Hills'. Construction of the new 'Green Hills Barracks' began in 1864. The original barracks consisted of a guard room, a barracks block and officer's quarters. The first unit to occupy the new barracks was a detachment from the 12th (East Suffolk) Regiment of Foot. Although the barracks expanded in subsequent years to include a military hospital and a magazine, the garrison dwindled due largely to the effects of the Maori Wars. The next, and final British detachment came from the 50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot. Following the departure of British troops, the barracks was occupied by the police from 1870 until 1885. Australia's growing colonial forces led to the barracks being re-occupied by the military. It was at this time that the name 'Victoria Barracks' was adopted, in honour of the reigning sovereign. It served as the headquarters of the Queensland Defence Force.

Post-Federation

Following federation in 1901, control of the site went to the newly formed Australian Army. With the build-up in forces preceding and during the First World War, the barracks experienced its second great period of expansion. It served as a headquarters during the Second World War, although its importance waned with the construction of Enoggera Barracks.

Present day

Today the site is still occupied by the Army. The Victoria Barracks Museum is located on the site, and contains a large collection of replica and service medals covering the Army's involvement in the Boer War, World War I and World War II.

References

Victoria Barracks, Brisbane Wikipedia


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