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Monument commemorates members of the Volunteer Defence Corp who manned Elliott Heads Lookout during World War Two.

The Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC) was an Australian part-time volunteer military force of World War II modelled on the British Home Guard. The VDC was established in July 1940 by the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) and was initially composed of ex-servicemen who had served in World War One.

Following the outbreak of the Pacific War, the Government expanded the VDC in February 1942. Membership was open to men aged between 18 and 60, including those working in reserved occupations. As a result, the VDC reached a peak strength of almost 100,000 in units across Australia.

As the perceived threat to Australia declined the VDC's role changed from static defence to operating anti-aircraft artillery, coastal artillery and searchlights.

 

Location

Address:The Esplanade, Submarine Lookout, Elliott Heads, 4670
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.916513
Long: 152.493912
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Approx. Event Start Date:1941
Approx. Event End Date:1944
Link:http://www.qldwarmemorials.com.au/P…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1989
Front Inscription

 A TRIBUTE
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOSE MEMBERS OF THE
VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS
WHO MANNED THE ELLIOTT HEADS
LOOKOUT DURING WORLD WAR II
1941-1944
ERECTED BY THE WOONGARRA
SHIRE COUNCIL
1989

Source: SKP,MIV, QWMR, MA
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