This granite tablet marks the location where Lord Kitchener reviewed troops from Lytton during his tour of Australia in 1910 and was originally unveiled by the Governor, Sir John Goodwin on 7 December 1929. Kitchener had been held in high esteem by the public and the construction of a memorial to his visit illustrates early twentieth century Australians' deeply held affection for the British Empire and their pride in Australia's place within it. Following development of the site in 1963, the cairn was demolished but the memorial stone was recovered in 1992 and established in a new position 60 metres northwest of the original. This memorial and Kitchener Park, located to the southwest on the other side of the railway line, are the only Queensland public memorials to Kitchener's visit to Australia.
Local Heritage Place Since —
Date of Citation —
Horatio Herbert Kitchener (Lord Kitchener) (Association)
This is a place of local heritage significance and meets one or more of the local heritage criteria under the Heritage planning scheme policy of the Brisbane City Plan 2014. It is significant because:
The place has a strong or special association with the life or work of a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons
as it is a memorial structure recording the participation of Brisbane in a historical event and memorializing a popular figure in British imperial society, thereby reflecting attitudes of imperial sentiment broadly held by Australians of the period.
Conservation Management study site report – Kitchener Memorial
Citation prepared by — Brisbane City Council (page revised November 2022)