St Joseph`s Tobruk Memorial SchoolPrint Page
St Joseph`s Tobruk Memorial School was built in memory of the men who served at Tobruk.
The Parish Priest (Fr Owen Steele) had asked the Sisters of St Joseph, whose founder is Blessed Mary MacKillop, to establish the school.
It is from Fr (later Monsignor) Steele that the school gained its title Tobruk Memorial. During the North African campaign, Fr Owen Steele became one of the famous "Rats of Tobruk". On his return to Australia in 1943, Archbishop Duhig appointed him as Parish Priest of Beaudesert. St Joseph's was built in memory of the men who served at Tobruk.
Australia's No. 1 "Tobruk Rat," Lt-Gen. Sir Leslie Morshead, renewed acquaintances with 57 other "Rats" at Beenleigh yesterday. Former GOC AIF in the Middle East, Sir Leslie was at Beenleigh to attend the dedication ceremony of the new £26,000 St. Joseph's Tobruk Memorial Convent School.
More than 1,000 people attended the ceremony, which was performed by the Coadjutor-Archbishop of Brisbane (Dr. O'Donnell). Sir Leslie unveiled a photograph of the first Tobruk memorial at Tobruk.
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), 26 October 1953.
|Address:||53 Kokoda Street , Beenleigh, 4207|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.712668|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 25th October, 1953|