Celebrating Woody Point landmark’s centenary

Posted: 12pm 11 Mar 2022

The heritage-listed Woody Point Memorial Hall celebrates its centenary this month and remains a hub for community activity – just what its proponents would have wanted.

And it was the community who gathered to pay tribute to the landmark, and those who worked tirelessly to build it, during a morning tea on March 3.

During the event, Redcliffe RSL President Neville Cullen spoke about the history of the building.

“Planning for the establishment of a School of Arts building at Woody Point commenced in the late 1890s with fundraising by the citizens of Redcliffe beginning in 1911,” Neville said.

“By the time of the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914, fundraising had reached close to £90 and was put on hold for the duration of the war.”

Schools of Arts were a primary source of learning and instruction for adults in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when state secondary education was almost non-existent.

“Shortly after the end of the first World War, fundraising recommenced for the Woody Point School of Arts building and in 1920 the newly established Redcliffe Sub- Branch of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA) was formed by 15 returned servicemen, who are among those listed on the Honour Board that is still located to this day in the Woody Point War Memorial Hall,” he said.

See our photo gallery from the centenary celebrations

Alan and Pat Boulton
Neville Cullen (Redcliffe RSL)
Judy Chappelow (Kippa-Ring)
Mike Skelly (Kippa-Ring)
Helen Cossins (Moreton Bay Regional Council)
Dianne McNee
John Pampling (Margate)
Stuart Matthews (Scarborough)
Jan Heyes (Kippa-Ring)
Kim Schier (Margate)
Carolyn Collins (Margate)
Alex Wisniowiecka (Moreton Bay Regional Council)
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth
Pat Rogers (Kippa-Ring)
Kathy O’Brien (Redcliffe)
Peggy Beale (Redcliffe)
Pat and Alan Boulton (Brighton)
Linda Schier (Margare) and Barbara Matthews (Scarborough)

Paying tribute

The honour roll lists the names of the 94 servicemen who enlisted from the peninsula, seven of whom died, and three ‘war workers’.

Every eligible man from the district had enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF).

In July 1920, a meeting was held to form a committee to work on the hall project.

In November the same year, it held a public meeting and moved that the building be known as the Woody Point Memorial School of Arts to “make the institution a patriotic one” and honouring the sacrifices made by servicemen and women in World War I.

There were some delays in the construction of Woody Point Memorial School of Arts partly due to fundraising efforts for the tree-lined, bitumen-covered Anzac Memorial Avenue which opened in 1925.

The Redcliffe Sub Branch of the RSSILA formed in 1920 and actively worked to raise the necessary capital.

By December 1921, about £800 had been raised and the Commercial Bank of Australia agreed to fund it on securities provided by seven Woody Point residents. In the end, the arrangement was changed to a private guarantee by JH Cox.

The architect was Hubert Thomas and the hall was finished and handed over on December 21, 1921. The opening was delayed to enable then Governor Sir Mathew Nathan to open it on the same day at new jetties at Redcliffe and Woody Point. It was officially opened on March 4, 1922.

“The Redcliffe RSL continues to this day to utilise the Woody Point War Memorial Hall, providing an ANZAC Day service, particularly for the elderly pensioners of the Woody Point area that were unable to attend the ANZAC Day services … a service that dates back to the late 1950s/60s,” Neville said.

See more local history here



Australian Honey Bee Education with Fergo’s Farm

Did you know that one third of the food we consume each day relies on pollination by bees? Globally, there are more honey bees than any other type of bee or pollinating insect making them one of the most important pollinators for food crops.…

Big plans for Dakabin

The Comiskey family has revealed plans for a $20 million hotel and retail development at Dakabin. We chat to Rob Comiskey about their hopes for the site he remembers driving past as a boy.…

More you might like:


Local News   •   2-7-2022  •   Jodie Powell

Wheel determination driving athlete

Martin Wilson has headed to Denmark to compete at the Frame Running International Camp. Here's what it's all about...…

Local News   •   2-7-2022  •   Jodie Powell

Literary feast a winter warmer

Literary enthusiasts are immersing themselves in free reader and writer events as part of the Write Around Moreton Bay: Winter Feast program. Find out what's on...…

Local News   •   1-7-2022  •   Nick Crockford

Liam on cusp of world title shot

The final steps of Liam Wilson’s quest to become world champion may soon be known after the Lawnton-based fighter's stunning victory this week.…

Local News   •   1-7-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

What a gem: Margate grandmother ready to sparkle at Ekka

Amanda Scott has always considered herself a crafty person, but this year she is stepping out of her comfort zone and entering her handmade jewellery into the Ekka for the first time.…

Local News   •   1-7-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Community asked to dig deep to help vital not-for-profit

A not-for-profit organisation that has helped hundreds of struggling students and families is asking the community to dig deep and support their fundraising efforts.…

Local News   •   1-7-2022  •   Jodie Powell

Pastor defends church development application

The pastor of a proposed church near Dayboro has defended a planning application that has attracted hundreds of objections. Here's what he said...…