Anzac Day picnic tradition
ON ANZAC Day, farming families living around Brooweena, west of Maryborough, enjoy a unique local tribute to the men from the district who served in World War I.
As Anzac Day approaches on April 25, they are preparing for the annual formal service at the Brooweena War Memorial at 8.30am but are also planning an informal service and family picnic at a special memorial that has huge significance.
In 1920, Laurence Stevens Smith, who owned Mount Joseph Station, wanted to make his own commemorative gesture after World War I.
Station hands from Mount Joseph and a number of returned servicemen helped build a memorial bridge across Bridge Creek on the Brooweena-Woolooga Road.
Felicity Rockemer from Gigoomgan Station, who helps organise the Anzac Day picnic, said the Bridge Creek Memorial Bridge was unique in that it was the only bridge in Queensland erected privately as a World War I memorial.
Last year, about 50 locals and visiting relatives of the servicemen honoured by the memorial enjoyed the picnic tradition.