Greenbank mural marks centenary of Armistice

GREENBANK RSL has unveiled a giant hand-painted mural that has been finished in time to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.

TRIBUTE: Vietnam veteran Tom McGee OAM by the mural on Anzac Avenue, Greenbank. Photo: LCC

TRIBUTE: Vietnam veteran Tom McGee OAM by the mural on Anzac Avenue, Greenbank. Photo: LCC

The mural is on Anzac Avenue by the Mount Lindesay Highway.

It features nine large paintings of historic photographs depicting Australians in action at conflicts that range from The Boer War through to Afghanistan in the present day.

The paintings are by artists Jay Christensen and Paul Turnbull, who between them have more than 30 years of service in the graffiti and pest services program run by Logan City’s standards and animal care branch.

The mural is a collaboration between Logan City Council and the Greenbank RSL sub-branch.

Cr Laurie Smith said Logan had a proud tradition of remembering the sacrifices of servicemen and women and the hand-painted mural was a special and powerful way to mark the centenary.

“Most war memorials tend to look the same but this is one that’s designed to stand out,” Cr Smith said.

“Hopefully every time someone drives past they will take a moment to remember.”

TRIBUTE: Vietnam veteran Tom McGee OAM and Cr Laurie Smith by the mural on Anzac Avenue, Greenbank. Photo: LCC

TRIBUTE: Vietnam veteran Tom McGee OAM and Cr Laurie Smith by the mural on Anzac Avenue, Greenbank. Photo: LCC

The Armistice was signed by the Allies and Germans in France at 11am, Paris time, on 11 November 1918 to officially end fighting across Europe in the ‘war to end all wars’.

Remembrance Day has been observed annually since on November 11. The centenary falls on Sunday.

Many Remembrance Day services include a one-minute silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Greenbank RSL Services Club will hold a Remembrance Day service in its Memorial Gardens on Sunday at 10.55am

Other services will be held at:

  • Jimboomba: WW1 cenotaph, Jimboomba Library, 10.45am
  • Logan Village: War memorial on the Village Green, 10.30am
  • Beaudesert: Palm Gardens memorial, 10.40am
  • Canungra: DJ Smith Park, 10.45am 
  • North Tamborine: Circle of Remembrance, 10.45am.

Other events being held to mark the centenary of the Armistice include:

  • An exhibition at the Logan Art Gallery features black and white lithographs by Australian war artist Wil Dyson from the Queensland Art Gallery’s Australia at War collection. It continues until Sunday, November 24.
Hand-knitted poppies will be on display at Mayes Cottage

Hand-knitted poppies will be on display at Mayes Cottage

  • National Trust-listed Mayes Cottage, Kingston, will hold a special event on Saturday from 1-3pm. Crafty nannas all over Logan have handknitted poppies with more than 1000 on display. There will be for every soldier and nurse who enlisted from the Logan district to serve in the Great War. The commemoration will feature storytelling and a singalong.
  • Logan Diggers Services Club mark the centenary with a one-minute silence at 11am. Club doors will close at 10.45am and will re-open at the end of the observance.
  • A Picnic for Peace at Springwood Park follows a Sunday service at 10.30am.