Military Historical Society to hold conference in M'boro

THE biennial conference of the Military Historical Society of Australia is being held at the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum on Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20. 

In the 57 years of the society, it is the first time a conference has been held in Queensland.

Non-members are welcome to attend the conference. 

It is $70 for the two days or $40 for one day and morning and afternoon teas plus lunches will be supplied.

Speakers include retired Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith and Aldridge State High School principal Ross Higgins.

For more information, phone John Meyers at the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum on 4123 5900 or email


Friday, April 18

  • 5-6pm Market stalls. Members and guests selling military historical items during conference breaks can set up prior to the 'meet and greet'. Tables will be provided. A designated room has been allocated for this purpose. Members wishing to hold a market stall must register their interest by completing the 'indicating their interest' on the RSVP form. For further information, contact John Meyers at
  • 5.30-5.45pm Comfort Inn Blue Shades Motel and Arkana pick-up. Members and guests can be picked up and driven to the 'meet and greet' venue for the 6pm start. Transport will also be available for the return trip at the conclusion of the evening at 8pm
  • 6-8pm Meet and greet. The host is MHSA Qld branch president Anthony Staunton. The evening will provide members and guests with an opportunity to meet guest speaker and interstate members and gues. John and Elsie Meyers have kindly offered to open their museum to attendees. Light refreshments will be provided. The conference registration desk will be open for late attendees to register prior to the Saturday start. Dress is smart casual.
  • 6.30-7pm Presentation synopsis of work in progress. Members and guests interested in presented a synopsis of their work-in-progress must register their interest and rop by email with Bob Doneley at and cc John Meyers at Each presentation should be limited to five or 10 minutes.

Saturday, April 19

  • 8-8.30am Doors Open - Conference Registration. Final registrations taken by MHSA QLD Branch Secretary and President
  • 8.30-8.45am Welcome Address and Housekeeping. Bob Doneley, Conference Convener
  • 8.45-9am Opening address. MHSA National Patron and former Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Barry Gration AO, AFC (retd)
  • 9-9.05am Conference Opening and introduction of Keynote Speaker. John Meyers OAM
  • 9.05-9.45am Paper: Keynote Address: Battle of Long Tan. Lt-Col Harry Smith SG MC (retd)
  • 9.45-10.30am Battle of Bribie (Battle of Long Green). Major Jim Campbell DFC (retd). 
  • 10.30-10.45am Morning Tea
  • 10.45-11.15am Paper - Mutiny on the Bounty. Gail Gunn
  • 11.15am-12pm Paper - The History of 102nd Coral Battery. Sergeant Antony Carkagis
  • 12.15-1pm Lunch
  • 1-1.30 pm WWI Collections in the John Oxley Library & QANZAC100 Project Overview. Curator State Library QLD Simon Farley
  • 1.30-2.15pm Paper - The Beerburrum Soldier Settlement after World War 1. Paul Sutton
  • 2.15-3pm Paper - The Officers & men who served in the Boer War then helped create the Australian Defence Force & the roles they played in World War 1. Lt-Col Miles Farmer OAM (retd).
  • 3-3.15pm Afternoon Tea
  • 3.15-4pm Paper - WO2 Max 'Dad' Kelly AATTV - The only Australian soldier at the United States and South Vietnam Battle of Hamburger Hill in May 1969. Allan Fuary
  • 6.30pm for 7pm Conference Dinner at the Maryborough RSL Club

Sunday, April 20

  • 8-9am Federal Council and Branch Representatives meeting. The Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum will be open to visitors
  • 9-9.45am Paper - History of Talbot House, Toc H 1915 - 1918. Raymond Geise OAM, KSJ. 
  • 9.45-10.15am Paper - One Man's Vision: The history & work of the Commonwealth War. Graves Commission. Carol Raffaele
  • 10.15-10.30am Short Talks 'works in progress'
  • 10.30-10.45am Morning tea
  • 11-11.30am Paper - Major General Charles 'Digger' Brand CB CMG DSO. Ross Higgins, (BHMS [Ed], Bed [St])
  • 11.30am-1.45pm Short Talks 'works in progress'
  • 11.45-12.30pm Paper - A Visit to Sagen in Poland.  Site of the WORLD WAR 11 Great Escape. George Ward
  • 12.30-1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30-2.15pm Paper - Nursing Service at the Commencement of World War 1 and during the Gallipoli Campaign
  • Philip Castle
  • 2.15-2.45pm Paper - Lt HF Brock 3rd Light Horse Regiment AIF. Tony Harris
  • 2.45-3.30pm Paper - The Capture of German New Guinea, 1914. David Howell
  • 3.30-3.45pm Afternoon Tea
  • 3.45-4.30pm Paper - The Battle of Isandlwana.  An Australian Connection. Pat Hall, FMHSA
  • 4.30pm Closing Address

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