mini Military Museum

31st BATTALION – THE KENNEDY REGIMENT

Stories of conflict and compassion lauded and celebrated; captured and held in our hearts, in memory of our heroes. The official title of our mini Military Museum is the 31st Batallion – The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum. The mini museum began as a major initiative put forward by former Librarian, Barbara De Bono, to make the collection more accessible to visitors to the region. The realisation of this was made possible through the 2013 Community Heritage Grant and Australian Government ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program, with assistance via The Hon. Bob Katter MP, Federal Member for Kennedy. The Museum honours and celebrates the 31st Battalion Kennedy Regiment and the Spirit of Gallipoli in the 100th year anniversary.

Bequeathed to the Hinchinbrook Shire Library by local historian for the 31st Battalion Infantry Association, Capt. Bob Burla RFD, ED & Bars (RL), The Kennedy Regiment Library has become a major custodian of the documentary heritage of the 31st Battalion, The Kennedy Regiment.

A 2013 Community Heritage Grant via The National Library of Australia Canberra ACT allowed for a Significance Assessment to be conducted on the collection. This assessment was completed by the North Queensland Museums Resource Centre, bestowing National Significance to the collection.

Since its opening in 1999, the collection has been regularly utilised by ex-servicemen and their families as well as by military historians. The decision to leave the collection to the Hinchinbrook Shire Library for safekeeping ensures access for future generations’ to unique regional military history.

The collection showcases a compilation of published works, periodicals, military records, photographs, writings, ephemera and artefacts sharing the history of The Kennedy Regiment, including the 31st Battalion, 31/51st Battalion and the 2/31st Battalion and their role in the Australian military narrative. The Museum honours and celebrates the 31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment and the Spirit of Gallipoli in the 100th year anniversary.

The mini Military Museum is open daily 10.00am – 4.00pm within the Hinchinbrook Shire Library.

Historical talks and morning teas arranged with prior notice. Please contact 4776 4614.