From Swords to Ploughshares

This display commemorates the many and varied contributions of Townsville's returned service men and women to the creation of peace and a flourishing community after World War I. It explores their stories and recognises the roles they played in developing their town, region and country.

Local Townsville resident Trish Cronin has spoken of the resilience of her father, William Bede Dwyer, who served in the Navy during two World Wars:

'Dad never really talked about his navy life…. Dad was always busy, he was always working, he was always heavily involved in doing things. He never ever showed any anger towards the War. I know he lost quite a few mates in the War.'

An excerpt from an interview with Trish Cronin about her father William Bede Dwyer. Collected by Townsville City Council in the series Memories for a New Generation: Townsville Remembers WWI. Available online here.


This project was funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs through the Armistice Centenary Program in the federal electorate of Herbert. It has received support from JCU Library Special Collections, Townsville City Council CityLibraries, Museum of Tropical Queensland, Army Museum North Queensland, Townsville RSL Library, Townsville Museum & Historical Society, 1RAR Museum, and the Maritime Museum of Townsville. Project Team: Dr Claire Brennan, Trisha Fielding, Rachel Garlando, Dr Lyndon Megarrity.

Photo credits: 1. Wiliam Bede Dwyer in 1931. Photo courtesy of Trish Cronin 2. The Wackett Widgeon II plane was named for Townsville pilot Sir Lawrence James Wackett. This one is in the Swan River in 1928 and is being piloted by Wackett. Photo courtesy of State Library of Western Australia Libraries Australia ID 50374684 3. Group photo of the Queensland Recruitment Train Team c.1915. Wearing glasses, Private Hurtle Patterson is featured in the back row (4th from right). Photo courtesy of Dennis Ian Patterson and the Virtual War Memorial Australia. Home Page image: Photo courtesy of State Library of Queensland Image Number: 29910-0007-0001


Event Details

04 January 2019 09:30 AM - 03 March 2019 05:00 PM

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