Reminiscing the past of local personnels

News from the Samford Museum

In 2007, Grovely Railway Station was scheduled to be upgraded and Samford Museum became the new home for the retired station building, thanks to the generous support of Ferny Grove and Everton State MP’s.         

During WW2,  soldiers from the Grovely Army Camp travelled through Grovely station. It, therefore seemed fitting to create a permanent War Memories tribute within the station building  at the museum, notably dedicated to local personnel who served in all wars. This was possible thanks to a Q150 grant, along with generous support from the Samford Progress and Protection Association, businesses and the  community.The 8th November 2019 will represent the tenth anniversary of the opening of the museum’s War Memories display in the refurbished building.  

The Indian service personnel, Photo courtesy Mrs Nancy Rosenthal

Mrs Rosemary McGinn (nee Pickering) remembers the WW2 time well.

‘We lived across the road from the Army Camp. Dad owned a quarry  which is now Keperra Sanctuary. A detention centre was within the camp where Allied persons who had contravened military rules were held.  American prisoners came and took deco for construction work,’ said Rosemary.

“On an occasion when I was late doing the milking I had an audience of soldiers watching me hand milking.   I was the only woman on Grovely Station platform when I caught the train to Brisbane.  I attended dances held on Thursday nights at ‘The Box” St Matthews Church Hall Grovely.  So did the soldiers.”

Another lady, Mrs Nancy Rosenthal also recalls that the Indian service personnel used to come to Patrick’s farm (on the corner of today’s Patricks Road and Dawson Parade) for fresh milk for others who were sick back at Grovely Camp. They had been prisoners of war and were not supposed to be out of the camp.  She states that they were really nice fellows. (see image above).

More reading regarding the Grovely Station and War Memories is in Samford Reminiscences Volume 6 at the Samford Museum. Books and files pertaining to our service personnel and a large collection of war-themed books in the Samford library are available for research at the museum.

For more information call 3289 2743 or visit

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