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Windsor and District Historical Society Incorporated


The Old Windsor Council Chambers, built from locally quarried porphyry in 1897, maintains displays of articles and equipment used in the locality, as well as a small library of local books and photography. The Society is housed in unique heritage listed stone local government building beside the Windsor Quarry Park and opposite the Windsor War Memorial Park.

This local gem is responsible for the district Anzac Day Service (held at 9:00am) each year, as well as an annual history walk on the last Sunday in July.




Lutwyche Road,
Corner of Palmer Street
Windsor, QLD, 4030

Located 1.6K from Gordon Park

Windsor War Memorial Park


A red light from a bronze lantern beams out at night from a Helidon brown sandstone cenotaph, standing on a high point of a northern thoroughfare leading towards Brisbane's Central Business District.

The octagonal pavilion with its four arches and domed roof was unveiled on ANZAC Day 1925 on behalf of the citizens of Windsor to commemorate local residents who had served in WWI.

This dominating cenotaph, designed by honorary architects FR Hall and WA Devereux and constructed by Peter Frew, is rare among Queensland's WWI monuments because of its octagonal design. Yeronga's Memorial is closest in style in Brisbane.

External corner panels are inscribed with names of some 120 local war dead. Red and blue concrete borders a leaded marble commemorative plaque on the pavilion's floor. Moulded laurel wreath ornamentation encircle the ceiling.

The Windsor War Memorial stands on the site of the original school situated between Lutwyche Road and Roblane Street, Windsor-opposite the former Windsor Town Council Chambers.




311 Lutwyche Road
Windsor, QLD, 4030

Located 1.8K from Gordon Park

Kalinga Park Memorial


Victoria's Great Ocean Road may be Australia's best known WWI repatriation project but Brisbane families enjoy another year-round: Kalinga Park's unofficial 'Diggers Drive'.

In May 1924, Governor Sir Matthew Nathan opened a 1,200 metre tree-lined roadway from war memorial gates in Park Avenue, following the curve of Kedron Brook, to Sandgate Road.

The road was built and trees planted by 83 unemployed soldiers. After WWI, Australia was awash with grief for its 60,000 dead fighters. Many more returned nursing injuries and needing re-employment. While the Commonwealth Department of Repatriation placed returning soldiers in jobs, progress was slow: community groups like Kalinga Unemployed and Distressed Soldiers Committee formed to provide relief and work. Diggers Drive was its project, commencing in 1922.

Kalinga Park had opened in 1910. In October 1920, memorial gates at the Park Avenue entrance were erected as an everlasting memory of the patriotic services of men who enlisted from Kalinga District. The gates were a venture between the local Ladies Patriotic Club, Kalinga Progress Association and Toombul Shire Council. For a time, the park was even called ANZAC Memorial Park.

Now a popular outdoor play space, it served as a large army staging camp during WWII.




100 Bertha Street
Wooloowin, QLD, 4030

Located 2.7K from Gordon Park

Telstra Museum Brisbane


Visitors are guided through the Telstra Museum Brisbane by ex PMG employees who worked with the equipment during their telecommunication career. Several exhibits are 'hands on' with working manual and automatic phone exchanges, Morse code sets and working pairs of teleprinters (TELEX machines).

Follow the telecommunications evolution from morse code to today's advanced telephone systems. Historic photographs are also on display.




3 Oriel Road,
Corner Sandgate Road
Clayfield, QLD, 4011

Located 2.7K from Gordon Park

Palma Rosa


The elaborate Palma Rosa rose up among the slab huts and shanties of a fast growing city of new and freed settlers in 1887. Originally built as a grand private home by notable Italian architect, Andrea Stombuco, Palma Rosa has seen many interesting inhabitants during its 120 years. It now serves as the Headquarters to Queensland Branch of The English Speaking Union who welcomes the public for tours, hosts events and provides travellers' accommodation.




9 Queens Road
Hamilton, QLD, 4007

Located 3.2K from Gordon Park

Ballymore


Ballymore was the home of Rugby Union's State Headquarters from the late 1960s. It was home ground to the Queensland Reds before they moved to Suncorp Stadium. The grounds typically hold approximately 24, 000 people, but exceeded capacity in 1993 when 26,000 crowded in to cheer on the Wallabies as they versed South Africa.

Ballymore continues to host a number of Rugby matches, including the Queensland Club Rugby final.




Clyde Road
Herston, QLD, 4006

Located 3.4K from Gordon Park

Nursing Museum RBWH


The Nursing Museum presents a unique collection in a unique setting. Displays depict stories of nurses and nursing from late nineteenth century to late twentieth century - aspects of 'living-in', photographic images, nursing uniforms, textbooks, hospital and clinical equipment, operating theatre equipment, an 'iron lung'. A patient model lends authenticity to the displays.

The Museum is open Tuesdays 11.00am to 2.00pm.





Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital,
Bowen Bridge
Herston, QLD, 4006

Located 3.5K from Gordon Park

Newstead House


Historic Newstead House is Brisbane's best-known heritage site open for public inspection, offering a number of unique experiences befitting Brisbane's oldest domestic dwelling. The building, dating from 1846, has evolved from a simple Colonial Georgian cottage into the quintessential homestead of today - a style of architecture that draws as its inspiration the bungalow found on the Indian sub-continent.




Breakfast Creek Road,
Newstead Park
Newstead, QLD, 4006

Located 3.6K from Gordon Park

Newstead Park Memorials


Newstead Park, on Brisbane River, conceals many stories-including its part in WWI. A memorial trophy cannon unveiled near the rotunda in 1922 caused controversy: an alderman suggested it was an 'emblem of evil' and that the money would be better spent supporting returned servicemen. The cannon was removed in the 1950s, donated to the 9th Battalion-and made way for the Australian American Memorial, one of only two such memorials in Australia, attesting to Brisbane's importance in the Allied victory in the South-West Pacific.

The grounds of Newstead House, Brisbane's oldest surviving residence, also hosted fundraising efforts during WWI. A dolls' carnival in 1917 was a special drawcard, raising money to send 'comforts' to the troops in the trenches, specifically the 25th Battalion.

Newstead House was occupied by the US Army from 1942 through to the end of WWII. The grounds reflect the American occupation and hold memorials to the Australian Navy Corvettes, submariners and Vietnam veterans.




199 Breakfast Creek Road
Newstead, QLD, 4006

Located 3.6K from Gordon Park

Gordon Park: Events

Festitalia Italian Festival


Festitalia - The wonderful Italian food, wine, music, art and passion is a celebration of life, love and family.

The whole Italian community comes together annually to provide fabulous Italian food, beverages, wines, exhibitions, master-classes, kids' activities, rides and amusements, international entertainment and a chance to win some fabulous prizes on the day.

Festitalia is Queensland's official Italian festival in Brisbane under the patronage of the Italian Consulate in Brisbane and the Embassy in Canberra and celebrates the richness of the Italian culture , from the spirit and passion of its people to the romance of its language, its inimitable fashion, the radiance of its arts to the luscious wines and regional dishes acclaimed the world over. Festitalia is the portal to all things Italian. Savour Italy and its traditions right on your doorstep!


Event Dates
2016
      9th Oct
      9th Oct


42 Newbery Street
Newmarket, QLD, 4051

Located 3.1K from Gordon Park

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