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Light Horse Plaque / March 2013
Light Horse Plaque / March 2013

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson/ Nigel Allsopp, Historian, Australian Defence Force Trackers & War Dog Association

The plaque on the Mudgeeraba Memorial Wall commemorates the Australian Light Horse and the Queensland Mounted Infantry.

In 1897 the Mounted Infantry were reorganised as the Queensland Mounted Infantry consisting of 11 companies. By 1901 the Queensland Mounted Infantry had been organised as a Brigade of four Battalions of some 20 companies with strength of 1200 officers and men. On the 10th July 1899 the Premier of Queensland, the Honourable J.R. Dickson, offered troops to help Great Britain against the Boers in South Africa. This was the first offer of assistance made by any of the Australian Colonies. It was accepted and one company of Mounted Infantry was detailed for duty. In October 1899, the 1st Contingent of the Queensland Mounted Infantry (QMI) enlisted, outfitted and trained for service in the Boer War in South Africa.

By 1914, when Australia joined the war against Germany, there were 23 Light Horse regiments of militia volunteers. Many men from these units joined the Light Horse regiments of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF).


Address:12 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba Memorial Wall, Elsie Laver Park, Mudgeeraba, 4213
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.073711
Long: 153.363144
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 25th April, 1992
Front Inscription


"The Legend Lives On"

There's a very well built fellow with a swinging sort of stride,
About as handy sort as I have seen.
A rough and tumble fellow that is born to fight and ride
And he's over here a-fighting for the Queen.

He's Queensland Mounted Infantry - compounded 'orse and foot
He'll climb a cliff or gallop down a flat.
He's cavalry to travel but he's infantry to shoot,
And you'll know him by the feathers in his hat.
                                                     Written 1900

Dedicated by 14th Lighthorse Mudgeeraba Troop 
and Queensland Nameplate Pty.Ltd



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