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A monument commemorates 125 years of continuous service of the 31st Infantry Battalion - Kennedy Regiment to the Australian Defence Force in Queensland.

The 31st Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment (31 RQR) was a Reserve infantry battalion of the Australian Army. Although it was officially formed as 31 RQR in 1965 the battalion can trace its lineage back to units formed in 1881 as part of the colonial defence forces of the state of Queensland.

In 1881 a number of Volunteer Independent Rifle Companies were raised at Charters Towers, Townsville and Ravenswood. In 1886 these companies were brought together to form the 3rd Queensland (Kennedy) Regiment.  The regimental title of the 'Kennedy Regiment' was derived because the area in which the unit was raised had been explored largely by Edmund Kennedy in the mid 19th Century.


Address:Mitchell & Isley Streets, Army Museum, Jezzine Barracks, Kissing Point, North Ward, 4810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.240335
Long: 146.802617
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 30th October, 2011
Front Inscription

Townsville (Garrison City) commemorates 
125 years of continuous service of the 
31st Battalion - Kennedy Regiment 
to the Australian Defence Force in 
North Queensland, since 1886.

Unveiled by Her Excellency the 
Governor of Queensland  
Ms Penelope Wensley AC

Erected by the 
31st Infantry Battalion Association 
Incorporated with Branches in Townsville 
Ingham - Charters Towers - Burdekin and  
Brisbane on 30th October, 2011, 
to honour all who served.

Long Live The Battalion


Source: MA
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