Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Anzac Day Celebrations at Wynnum

It always surprises me how many people attend the Dawn Anzac Day services. There were thousands in the city, and towns and suburbs all around the country would have had a good attendance. Actually it increases every year.

Ceremonies start at 4.28 am. That was the very time that the forces landed on Gallipoli beaches all those years ago. The weather was most pleasant this year - I didn't need a jacket. The ceremony was held at the cenotaph in the grounds of the Wynnum Services Club.

Later on the march wended it's way through the suburb for yet another ceremony at the cenotaph.

These photos are of the march in Bay Terrace, Wynnum on April 25th, 2007.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Anzac Day.

The World War I Memorial at Richard Russell Park, Manly

It was 92 years ago that Australian soldiers landed at Gallipoli, and so many of them were killed in action on the beaches and in the hills behind the beaches in a bloody battle that will not be forgotten by Australians.
Each year, on April 25th we remember the soldiers in all wars that lost their lives while fighting for peace.
Each year it seems that more and more young people are learning about the history of Gallipoli and making there way to the many events around the country.
It is an early morning wake up - as one of the features of Anzac Day is the Dawn Service. In the Wynnum Manly area there are two services. One at Richard Russell Park, Manly starting at 3.45 am, and the other at the Cenotaph, near the Wynnum RSL Club.
As the sun comes up, it is quite moving to see hundreds of people standing heads bowed during the ceremony as we remember.
The playing of the Last Post, and the words "Lest We Forget"

Monday, April 16, 2007

Guess who visited Manly today.

The Honorable John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia visited Manly today to open a library at Moreton Bay Boys College, and later dined at Wilson's at Manly.
Whilst this is not the first time he has visited the region, it was probably the first time he had seen Manly Harbour so close. The weather was divine, there was no wind, and the view of the harbour was spectacular as was the meal at Wilsons.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Wynnum Ambulance Museum

The Old Ambulance station on the corner of Tingal Rd and Cedar Street Wynnum is still used the the Queensland Ambulance Service. There are some administrative offices upstairs, but downstairs there is a unique museum. It is not open to the public on a regular basis, but can be opened by special appointment or group tour.

It is remarkable in that the museum houses the most extra ordinary memorabilia relating to the ambulance service in Queensland, and in Wynnum in particular. This building was opened as a working Ambulance Station in 1920.

They also house some old ambulance vehicles, and much in the way of archival material.

Anyone with an interest in health, emergency first aid, etc would find the whole exhibition most interesting. Also there is an auditiorium and for groups a wonderful presentation about the ambulance service in the area.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The History of Wynnum and Manly

Wynnum Manly Historical Society Inc.

It is believed that the first white people to visit the Wynnum Manly area were 3 cedar cutters who were blown off course on a voyage from Sydney in 1823.

The area was very popular with a number of aboriginal tribes that regularly visited or lived in the area for hundreds of years before the Europeans visited the area.

There are details of a rich history in the Wynnum Library History Room and in the local Wynnum Manly Historical Society Research rooms adjacent to the main entrance to the Wynnum Library. Members of the society are on hand to help with any research on Monday to Friday mornings from 10am to 12 noon.

Wynnum Manly Historical Society Website

Wynnum History

Manly History

Monday, April 09, 2007

Wynnum Creek

New BBQ and picnic area at the mouth of Wynnum Creek provided by the Brisbane City Council.

In days gone by the Wynnum Creek was home to the commercial fishermen who live in the area and worked the seas of Moreton Bay. In the early days they used to take their catch by boat to the city markets via the Brisbane River, and later on in the early 20th century when the railway came to Wynnum the fish was transported by train.

The Wynnum Creek regularly silted up making it difficult for the fishing boats to make their way into the creek, and the creek was regularly dynamited to remove the sandy obstacles. These days very few commercial fishermen use the creek, but some do, as the Wynnum Fish Market is housed right near the mouth of the creek.

These days it is a "Fish and Chip" shop - and a popular one two. Whilst most folk drive in to purchase their feed, many people picnic in the many parks and facilities around the area.

It was also popular for the men folk who were sent to purchase the evening meal, to pop over to the hotel, which was then known as the Fishers' Hotel for a drop of beer while the fish was cooking.

There are quite a few wonderful fish and chipperies along the waterfront from Wynnum Creek in the north to Lota further south. Plenty of places to get a feed of Moreton Bay Fish. Check out the flathead or whiting from the bay.

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