LOWOOD HISTORY: Lieut-Colonel J.F. Flewell-Smith, Lowood farmer and Commanding Officer, Fifth Contingent Qld Imperial Bushmen, Boer War.
LOWOOD HISTORY: Lieut-Colonel J.F. Flewell-Smith, Lowood farmer and Commanding Officer, Fifth Contingent Qld Imperial Bushmen, Boer War. Tom Threadingham And Contributed

Orderly Room ‘jewel’ in Lowood

UNKNOWN to many, right in the heart of Lowood, a small white building stands testament to the region's war heroes.

Next to Lowood's Telstra Exchange, the building holds significant historical relevance as Lowood's former 'Orderly Room'.

The building is a rare example of military training and support infrastructure constructed during the pre-Federation period in Queensland.

It was the centre of local recruitment and training of volunteers during the Boer War (1899-1902) and the First World War (1914-1918).

In the 1980s, it became a Telstra site office but has been unused for 18 years.

Now, the Lowood History Group is pushing to relocate and restore the building to its former glory.

Lowood History Group co-ordinator Jeff Hewitt said plans were in the works to turn it into an interactive museum, honouring the town's heroes.

"In the Centenary of Anzac year Lowood deserves a place that recognises the people who enlisted from the local district while acknowledging their service and providing information for their descendants and relatives so that they can come here and see it," he said.

 

Lowood History Group coordinator Jeff Hewitt has launched a petition to relocate Lowood's 120-year-old military, orderly room. Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star
Lowood History Group coordinator Jeff Hewitt has launched a petition to relocate Lowood's 120-year-old military, orderly room. Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star Tom Threadingham

Mr Hewitt said a paper petition had received 844 signatures in five weeks backing the project, with the Lowood History Group recently launching an online petition through change.org

Mr Hewitt hoped the petition's success would encourage Somerset Regional Council to support the project.

"Council needs to be convinced that this is a worthwhile project and the building is a valuable asset to the community of Lowood and that it belongs in the middle of the heritage precinct where it can be enjoyed by residents and relatives of local volunteers and visitors to the area," he said.

He said there would also be photos, family letters, medals, bravery citations, enlistment posters and newspaper reports about battles which involved local volunteers.

More than 100 local young men volunteered in the First World War and another 18 have been traced from the Boer War.

Telstra released the building to the Lowood community last week.


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