National Servicemen's Associations of Australia (Qld) Inc  Memorial to Queensland State

National Servicemen



Queensland National Servicemen celebrated the unveiling of their State Memorial on Sunday, 24 October.

The Memorial, in Toowoomba, commemorates the 212 National Servicemen killed on active service.

It also remembers the 1,479 wounded and all Nashos who have died since.

Toowoomba was chosen because the late Barry Vicary founded the National Servicemenís Association of Australia there in 1987. Barry, a Vietnam-era Nasho, wanted a better deal for National Servicemen and the issue of a medal to recognise their contribution to Australiaís defences over three decades. The N.S.A.A. now is nationwide and the largest ex-service organisation after the R.S.L.

The memorial, in black granite and stainless steel, symbolises the Navy, Army and Air Force in which Nashos trained between 1951 and 1972. The cost of almost $70,000 was fully funded by donations from Nashos throughout Queensland, from the business community, from the Queensland Government through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and Q-Build and from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Memorial Sub-committee paid tribute to the generosity and expertise of J.H.Wagner & Sons, Stonemasons, of Toowoomba.




The Federal Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Mr. Ian MacFarlane, left) representing the Prime Minister and the State President, Mr. Colin Bell, unveiled it.

The ceremony, watched by more than 1,000 Nashos and their families, was preceded by a march led by the National Servicemenís Memorial Pipes and Drums.

The parade began opposite the park in which Barry Vicary called the first meeting of the Association.


The Motherís Memorial, the Queensland National Service Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial form a commemorative precinct.

The Toowoomba City Council, which provided the site in the Motherís Memorial Park on one of the cityís main streets, will maintain the memorial in perpetuity.

The ceremony formed part of the Centenary of the Municipality of Toowoomba





Nashos from Coolangatta to Cairns attended the unveiling of the Queensland National Service Memorial in Toowoomba.

The Federal Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, who is the Member for the Darling Downs seat of Groom, takes the salute in Margaret Street.


On the platform with him are the Mayor of Toowoomba, Cr.Dianne Thorley; the Queensland President of the N.S.A.A., Colin Bell and State RSL President Bill Mason.


The National Servicemenís Memorial Pipes and Drums led the parade of some 1,000 Nashos in Margaret Street. 





The family of the Associationís founding Treasurer, the late Dennis Connon, on a proud day. 


Dennis became President of the newly formed National Servicemenís Association of Australia after the death of the founder, Barry Vicary.


The Associationís first aims were to seek a better deal for Nashos who had served in support units in Australia during the Vietnam war and to obtain a medal for their service.

From that small beginning in 1987, the N.S.A.A. now is the second largest ex-service organisation in Australia.    

 The Memorial is set in the

Parklands along East Creek in Toowoomba. 

It forms a precinct with the Motherís Memorial erected after World War One and the new Vietnam Veteransí Memorial. 

The Memorial symbolises the three Services, topped by the stars of the Southern Cross from the Australian National Service Medal. 



The Parade down Margaret Street wheels to enter the Park.. 


The visitors included a member of the Victorian NSAA Executive, Vern Delaney (second from left) who attended the National Servicemenís Handicap at the Toowoomba Races on the day before the unveiling.


Heís seen here with his wife; Mrs. Earle Jennings and Mark Cash and partner.



The parade salutes for the playing of the Last Post for old comrades.  









This example of a RAAF Badge was supplied by Evan Worssel in Brisbane.  It was forwarded to Toowoomba for the committee to consider. It is made from bronze and is silver coated in the way that cemetery bronze plaques are all coated, and can be expected to last at least 20 years. The surface has been linnished to reveal the bronze highlights.  The lettering on the Memorial can be finished in silver










Three of Committee and one of the worker from J H Wagner. They are L to R Ben from Wagner,  Bob McNeil, Secretary, Ian McLennan committee member and Lawrie Asgill, Chairman.  The photo was taken on the last day the last stone was laid.