Memorial Trees

Our People

Our Places

Our Records

We Honor Our

Service Men & Women

We would like to thank and acknowledge the recent support from various Government Departments
and organisations for the funding we have received for projects we have worked on.

Volunteer Defence Corp at Kilcoy

Woodford

Memorial Trees

Step into the captivating stories of Woodford’s vibrant history as you explore our gallery of people and families who have woven the fabric of our community. From pioneers and visionaries to everyday heroes, each photograph and piece of information unveils a chapter of our shared narrative.

Step into the rich tapestry of Woodford’s history, where the roots of our community’s connection with the Australian Defence Force run deep.

On February 7, 1920, 14 members from the Woodford district gathered to establish the Woodford Branch of the R.S.S.A.I.L.A. (Returned Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Imperial League of Australia). The inaugural President, Mr. V Burke, led the charge.

In the months that followed, memorial trees with plaques were planted along Archer Street, honoring those from Woodford who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War One. 

We encourage you to take a walk along Archer Street and remember the brave men & women who have served this country.

VISIT

10am to 2pm
Tuesday – Saturday
& Every 3rd Sunday

Address

109 Archer Street, Woodford, Queensland, Australia, 

Markets

Woodford Country Markets
are held on the 3rd Sunday of
each month from 7am to noon.

Charles Beanland

60 Archer Street

Charles Beanland

60 Archer Street

C.H Blake

41 Archer Street

C.H Blake

41 Archer Street

Monty Bleakley

47 Archer Street

Monty Bleakley

47 Archer Street

J Cochran

77-81 Archer Street

J Cochran

77-81 Archer Street

Eddie Cronk

113 Archer Street

Eddie Cronk

113 Archer Street

Leonard Draper

59 Archer Street

Leonard Draper

59 Archer Street

H.J Eaton

84 Archer Street

H.J Eaton

84 Archer Street

George French

67 Archer Street

George French

67 Archer Street

A Jull

94 Archer Street

A Jull

94 Archer Street

J Mackensen

71-75 Archer Street

J Mackensen

71-75 Archer Street

T.A Martin

52 Archer Street

T.A Martin

52 Archer Street

Darcy Mountford

93 Archer Street

Darcy Mountford

93 Archer Street

James Osmond

102-110 Archer Street

James Osmond

102-110 Archer Street

Patrick Petherbridge

100 Archer Street

Patrick Petherbridge

100 Archer Street

William Ross

116 Archer Street

William Ross

116 Archer Street

F Scanni

76 Archer Street

F Scanni

76 Archer Street

Walter Seccombe

99 Archer Street

Walter Seccombe

99 Archer Street

C.H Smith

51 Archer Street

C.H Smith

51 Archer Street

Walter Templeman

103-107 Archer Street

Walter Templeman

103-107 Archer Street

C Thatcher

83 Archer Street

C Thatcher

83 Archer Street

Bert Wicks

118 Archer Street

Bert Wicks

118 Archer Street

Group Visits

Bus Trips

Come Visit Us for a historical adventure!

Facilities available for your visit:

Guided tour of the museum.
Easy ground level entrance from the parking area at the rear of the building.
Wheelchair accessible toilet.
Ample parking room for coaches in the car park.
Tables and chairs for BYO morning tea or lunch.
Kitchen facilities.

Come Visit Us

Learn The Stories

On the 7th February, 1920, 14 members from the Woodford district met and formed the Woodford Branch of the R.S.S.A.I.L.A. (Returned Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Imperial League of Australia). The inaugural President was Mr V Burke. Over the following two months, memorial trees with plaques were planted along Archer Street in memory of those from Woodford who had paid the supreme sacrifice during World War One. At that time an Honour Board was placed in the Police Station embellished with the names of those from the area who had served. Later that same year, the ladies of Woodford started a ‘Lending Library’ in the hall in aid of the returned diggers. This group has changed its name several times since, later becoming the Woodford RSL Women’s Auxiliary and now the Citizen’s Auxiliary. In June 1924, Woodford’s first ‘Memorial Hall’ was built and later renamed the ‘Diggers Memorial Hall’. Hurricane lights were used to illuminate the facility as the township did not have electricity until well into the 1930s. World War Two saw the Woodford Volunteer Defence Corps formed which was trained under the guidance of local saddler, Mr. W. Cobb. Also formed was the Woodford/Villeneuve Light Horse Troop which saw service in World War Two as part of the 2/14th Light Horse Regiment. Many men and women from the Woodford District have served in the Australian Defence Force dating back to the Shearer’s Strike of 1891 to Korea, Vietnam, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. History has demonstrated that members of the Woodford community strongly supported their country in all theatres of conflict and proudly served under the Australian flag. Since 1990, a closer bonding has occurred between the Woodford RSL and other ex-service organizations such as the War Widows Guild, Legacy, Vietnam Veterans and the National Servicemen’s Association. These organisations have joined Woodford in increasing numbers at both ceremonial and social events. Membership of the Woodford Sub-Branch was at its highest in 1950 when it reached 44 members. Current membership is approximately 60. The Woodford Sub-Branch enjoys interacting and liaising with the community particularly with the three local schools with its Community Link Program. These schools are the Woodford, Delaney’s Creek and the Mount Mee State Schools. The Community Link Program is embraced to foster the ANZAC spirit amongst the students by encouraging involvement by remembering of our servicemen and women, past and present. The Woodford RSL Sub-Branch meets to conduct its Monthly General Meeting on the second Saturday of each month. The meetings are held at the RSL premises at 123 Archer Street, Woodford and commence at 0930. This is followed by fellowship. The Annual General Meeting is generally held on the second Saturday in March. There is no meeting in January.

Source –-Woodford Sub Branch Facebook.
Photo’s of the trees taken on 25.1.18
Compiled by – Donna Grigor Secretary Woodford Historical Society 2018

WE ARE Seeking

Your Stories

We’re on the lookout for local memories, photos, and memorabilia that tell the stories of our community. If you have cherished anecdotes or snapshots of times gone by, we invite you to share them with the Woodford Historical Society.