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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 statewide after Queensland separated from NSW.

It was built by Coomera’s John Fortune in 1890 to house the Queensland Defence Force’s Moreton Regiment. Two years later, staff, volunteers and militia were absorbed into the Commonwealth and Moreton Regiment became the Royal Queensland 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. The first such use was by 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 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 St, Southport

10AM - 3PM



Self-guided and 10 minute guided tours.

Building type



State Department of Works – George Connolly of the Colonial Architects Office


1890. In 1994 the building was relocated from original site in Lawson Street, Southport to Owen Park.  Restoration work was done at this time.




Museum: abc.net.au