Jezzine Barracks has been home to Australian military units for over 120 years and is now a fitting home to showcase the Museum and its extensive Collection of the history of the Army in North Queensland
The earliest history of the Army in North Queensland can be traced back to the early 1880’s when volunteer Independent Rifle Companies were formed at towns throughout the northern region. On October 30 1886, the 3rd Queensland (or Kennedy Regiment) was gazetted and based at Kissing Point, Townsville, with Major William Slade Vincent as its first commanding officer.
The history of the Museum dates back to 1979, where the North Queensland Military Museum committee of management requested Townsville authorities that Fort Kissing Point be allowed to open as a Military Museum. The Fort operated as a museum until August 2008 when it was closed for further restoration. The North Queensland Military museum was renamed the Army Museum of North Queensland and relocated to its current premises in 2009.
The Collections extend from the establishment of the first defences at Townsville and Thursday Island until the present day. The Museum is in the newly refurbished building at the centre of Jezzine Barracks. Show cased within the Museum are three galleries.
Gallery One focuses on the history of the Australian Army in North Queensland from the late 1800’s till the end of the Boer War. Displays include a Colonial Officers tent and stories about the defence of North Queensland during the Shearer’s Strike.
Gallery Two focuses on World Wars I and II, showcasing the fabulous Honour Boards from both conflicts. Stories of North Queensland soldiers during the Great War are enhanced by interactive displays and the effects of the World War Two on the Townsville region. Displays include interactive World War One trench and western front tunnels and gun emplacements used in Townsville during World War Two .
Gallery Three focuses on more recent and contemporary conflicts including Korea, Vietnam, East Timor, Solomon Islands and the Middle East. Displays include a Korean War command bunker, a gun position from South-East Asian conflicts and a kids command centre play area.
The Museum is staffed by part-time Australian Army personnel, and a team of dedicated volunteers.
The Australian Army History Unit is responsible for developing policy and programs for the collection, conservation, interpretation and promotion of the Australian Army’s history.
The Australian Army Museum Network is a collection of Regional and Corps Museums located Australia wide under command of the Australian Army History Unit. The Network presents a diverse range of military memorabilia tracing Australia’s involvement in both war and peacekeeping operations from Colonial times to the present day.
Queensland Victoria Cross Recipients
The exhibition of the seven Queensland VC recipients is now on permanent display in Gallery Two
1975 & Beyond
A new exhibition, 1975 & Beyond, was opened on 5th April 2016 at the Army Museum North Queensland. The exhibition showcases activities by North Queensland Army Units since 1975, including Warlike, Non-warlike and Humanitarian missions.
The exhibition includes an interactive World-Map highlighting the areas
of operation at the touch of electronic buttons. At the centre of the exhibition is a life-size diorama depicting an Australian Army Engineer preparing a mock-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) for destruction.
The Great War
The Great War exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War One, the war to end all wars.
Trenches and tunnels from the Western have been recreated to give visitor a visual and interactive insight to some of the conditions our diggers would have experienced during this conflict.
- Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm
- Friday 9 am to 1 pm
- Sunday 9 am to 1 pm
Donations greatly appreciated
- Anzac Day 11 am to 2 pm
- Closed Christmas Vacation and Good Friday
- Group bookings out of opening hours by request
- Accredited Education Programs
- Parking available in the Jezzine Barracks Precinct
- Museum is wheelchair friendly
Mitchell St, North Ward
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
MUSEUM CONTACT DETAILS
PO Box 381
Phone/Fax: 07 4721 1495
Phone: 07 4771 2606
Phone: 07 4721 1495
The administration office is staffed on a part time basis. If unanswered, please leave a message and Museum Staff will return your call as soon as possible.
We would like to thank our sponsors for the support they have provided in the past and the continued support they will provide in the future
Inaugural Major Sponsor
City of Townsville
Vietnam Vet Federation
Roberts Nehmer McKee Lawyers
Chris Bingly Signs
Mr Craig Wallace
Mr Kevin Reed
Mr V.P. Svenson
Acknowledgements of Grants Received
Breakwater Casino Trust
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Department of Veteran Affairs
Townsville City Council Heritage Grant