Welcome to our experimental local history page
The Caloundra RSL Sub Branch is utilising the expertise (that's code for "stealing the ideas") of Caloundra Family History Research, and has begun building a proper memorial to the many people of the area who have served Australia in, with or alongside the Defence Forces. At this early stage the information regarding Landsborough and Caloundra has been combined, below. The information comes from society member Ruth Carmichael, to whom we are immensely grateful. As we develop we hope to garner more material, and if you or anyone you know has material to submit, please do so by clicking the button below.
WWI troops born in Caloundra
Cyril Samuel Leach
, born in Caloundra on 18 Apr 1897, enlisted from Landsborough. He died in Mackay in 1972. Cyril's grandfather, Samuel Leach, purchased 40 acres of land at Golden Beach in 1881 and built a home near Bells Creek. Samuel's neighbour was the explorer William Landsborough.
Edwin Arthur King
, born in Caloundra on 15 Aug 1893, enlisted from Warwick. He died in Marburg on 14 Jan 1933. His father, Allan King, built King's Grand Central Guest House and was one of Caloundra's first councillors.
Caloundra St. School Honour Roll
• Edlundh, Charles Edward 1894-1962
• Gosling, William 1896-1918 KIA
• King, Edwin Arthur 1893-1933
• Rooke, Vivian Morley 1893-1971
• Sutton, John Francis C 1871-1939
• Tripcony, Thomas Martin 1889-1975
• Westaway, Gilbert Percy 1887-1970
Caloundra RSL Military Display
A time capsule of unique collectibles and memorabilia
from the First World War through to more recent conflicts.
10.am-2pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Caloundra RSL Sub Branch - 19 West Terrace.
Sunshine Coast World War I Data
The Adopt a Digger website researches WWI diggers and nurses from the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland (the information is supplied by descendants and volunteers).
Families who lost loved ones
died at the Somme on 8 Aug 1918 and was buried at Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, France. William was the youngest son of George Gosling, a lighthouse keeper on Bribie Island. The Gosling family arrived in Queensland from Essex, England in 1889.
and family left Scotland in 1911 and settled at the Glass House Mountains. Thomas and six sons served in the Great War. He and sons Thomas, John and James Smith Gilvear returned home. Tragically, sons Kenneth, Alexander Smith and Robert Gilvear lost their lives at the Somme.
To "right the wrongs of the past"
Horace Thomas Dalton
, an indigenous trooper born in Dunwich, was proud to serve for the rights and freedoms of his fellow Australians. Horace, an oysterman in Caloundra during the 1930s, was buried in an unmarked grave at Ipswich in 1956. In 2012 a military service was given to "right the wrongs of the past".
The Great War 1914-1919
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
Caloundra War Memorial, Kings Beach
Caloundra and the Hinterland
Landsborough Shire was a quiet place to live when war broke out in 1914. Caloundra was becoming a popular seaside resort by then.
Only two WWI servicemen were born in Caloundra and only fifteen families lived in Caloundra permanently between 1899 and 1920. Most families lived in the resource-rich hinterland, as told by Gary McKay in "Times of Change - A History of Caloundra City".
Landsborough Roll of Honour
This alphabetical list
, transcribed by Ruth Carmichael, commmemorates those who enlisted, fell or were wounded during the Great War 1914-1919.
Caloundra Family History is for anyone
interested in family and local history.
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