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Queensland Naval Brigade Drill Hall

Southport Drill Hall is a rare remaining example of an intact 19th-century drill hall designed, built and furnished to the standard employed across the state after Queensland separated from NSW.

It was built by Coomera’s John Fortune in 1890 to house the Queensland Defence Force’s Moreton Regiment at the cost of 335 pounds and 2 shillings. Two years later, staff, volunteers and militia were absorbed into the Commonwealth and Moreton Regiment.

From World War I to the end of World War II, the hall served as a light anti-aircraft battery. It has been home to community groups including boy scouts and Southport Agricultural and Horticultural Society during 1910 Carnival Week.

Vacated in 1988, it stood empty for a couple of years, was donated to Gold Coast City Council, relocated from Lawson Street to Owen Park, restored and heritage listed. Today, it is home to Queensland Naval Brigade and operates as a military museum.

Owen Park, Mick Veivers Way, 201 Queen Street Southport


Building type: Military museum
Architect: George Connolly of the
Colonial Architect’s Office
Built: 1890; relocated and restored 1994; heritage listed 1998
Website: goldcoast.qld.gov.au/southportmilitary-museum-20039.html