Website Launch

At 6pm on 22 April 2016, this website was launched at the church by the Saint Andrew's Uniting Church Heritage Committee.  Since then the stories of over 260 people named on the Honour Boards have been researched, written and uploaded to the website.  We sincerely acknowledge the support of the Queensland Government, the State Library of Queensland and ANZAC Centenary Queensland which made this possible.   Photographs courtesy of Ian Withnall from the launch show the wonderful support we have received for this project.

Some of the special guests who attended the launch.

Lee Carnell who was MC for the evening.

The Saint Andrew's Sanctuary Choir sang 'For the Fallen' and 'Greater Love' during the evening.

Introduction by Revd Bruce Johnson - Minister of Saint Andrew's Uniting Church 2013-2018. 

Noel Adsett, Chairman of the Heritage Committee and author of many stories from the honour boards presenting 'Discovering the Life Stories'.

State Library of Queensland, Historypin Guest Speaker - Rachel Browning who was assisted by Katya Henry.

Miriam King, Grant Project Manager and website manager, showcasing the website.

The formal declaration ... 'The website is now launched' ... by Miriam.

Guests viewing the Merrington ANZAC Memorial Peace Chapel

The 100 year old Revd Merrington's Australian Flag presented to him by the ladies of the congregation of Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church and taken overseas with him during his service.  The flag was especially loaned for the launch by Emmanuel College, UQ Brisbane.

Chaplain Peter Devenish-Meares and Dan Penman from the 9th Battalion Association.

A guest with Ian Carnell AM (right) who is one of the researchers and writers. 

Another view of the chapel, flags and honour boards.

The Communion Set used by Chaplain Revd Ernest Merrington in 1915 at Gallipoli and shown in the following photograph.

The photograph taken at Gallipoli showing Chaplain Revd Merrington taking communion to the AIF troops in 1915.

Refreshments in the Vera Wade Gallery after the website launch.

Chaplain Peter Devenish-Meares, Rachel Browning (SLQ) and Dan Penman (9th Battalion Association).

Bruce Johnson with Lee officially opening the 'Inspiration' exhibition by Marion McConaghy (right).  Marion's drawings of WW1 soldiers and nurses who are listed on the Honour Boards were displayed in the Vera Wade Gallery for the website launch.

Presentation and thanks to Marion by members of the committee, Lee, Noel and Miriam.