The Caboolture Historical Village celebrated Australia Day on 26th January 2020 and the Troop and Museum were an integral part of the programme.
The Gates Open to Public at 9am, and Robert York and the Australian Great War Association Queensland troop displays began. Mounted Trooper Jonathan Orr was present on Tom, and Steve Lane was there as an old Colonial Trooper.
The Curator’s Display had a selection of our weapons for close inspection by the public, and the Curator brought some smaller ones for the smaller teenagers to try for size.
Kevan Brown brought his Military Jeep for Display and Robert Schuss brought his DAZ Utility, the only one in Australia. Both vehicles later took part in the Parade
Keith York Demonstrated the many features of the 303 rifle and the different models inside the Museum, and from other members in the morning and Robert Schuss discussed Munitions inside the Museum in the afternoon with some of his treasures.
The highlight of the day was the Flag Raising Ceremony where Keith York – a past President of the Troop acted as MC. We thank the- Ormiston Heritage Pipes and Drums for their attendance and their music. Official Guests included Hon Mark Ryan, MP and Cr Adam Hain (MBRC)
At 11 am the Australian Flag Address was given by Allan Pidgeon AM, Chair of the Australian Flag Association Limited and President of the Australian National Flag Association (Qld), a foremost authority on the history and significance of the Australia Flag, who spoke on the history of the Australian Flag.
The Australian Flag was then Raised together with the Queensland Flag, and the Torres Strait Islander Flag and the Australian Aboriginal Flag. Two Old Colonial re-enactors from the Caboolture Historical Village then fired the Salute Cannon.
Mrs Ronda Nix OAM, Treasurer of the Order of Australia Association Qld, then gave the Australia Day Address. Ronda spoke on the significance of Australia Day and what it means to be Australian – the Mateship and Spirit of Volunteering so prominently displayed at that time during the Bushfires.
At the conclusion of the official function all Troop Helpers, Guests and Volunteers were invited to a Sausage Sizzle prepared by Carol Schuss.