Thursday, 9 November 2017

WW2 Memorial Sandstone Point

Pebble Beach War Memorial
Toorbul Point / Sandstone Point

On Sunday 17th September 1995 a monument was unveiled at Sandstone Point as an "Australia Remembers" project.

The entry for the memorial on Monument Australia says: 

"Memorial commemorates allied personnel engaged in amphibious training exercises at Toorbul Point between 1942 and 1945 during World War Two.

Toorbul Point and Bribie Island were military/defence areas during World War Two, with Toorbul being used for amphibious and commando training. Both Australian and American personnel were involved, and Toorbul Point eventually became known as 7th Amphibious Training Centre under US Naval command."

Pebble Beach Memorial, Toorbul Point
Photo: Peter Ludlow's Moreton Bay History blog
At the base of the monument is the following inscription:

Erected by Caboolture Shire Council
as an "Australia Remembers : 1945 - 1995" Project
to commemorate the Toorbul Point Combined Operations Centre
and the many allied personnel who engaged in amphibious training exercises here
during World War II
Unveiled on September 17, 1995.

Australia Remembers, 1945-1995
'Australia Remembers, 1945-1995' was a program of activities organised by the Federal Government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and culminated in key national ceremonies held in Brisbane on 15 August 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific.

Australian War Memorial entry for Australia Remembers, 1945-1995.

Bullets and Beans post of Saturday 3 December 2016, Peter Ludlow's Moreton Bay History blog

Pebble Beach War Memorial entry on Monument Australia.

Further Reading:
Donald, Ron (1995) Fort Bribie, 1939-45: the story of wartime Fort Bribie and Toorbul Point.

Donald, Ron (2010) The Yanks called it "Terrible Point" : the story of the big Allied amphibious training base at Toorbul Point, Moreton Bay, Queensland in World War II.

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