Why was the Kennedy Regiment based in Charters Towers, the only civilian military unit mobilised on Day 1 of the First World War? How did former Kennedy Regiment officer Hugh Quinn’s name come to be attached to the most pivotal command post at Gallipoli in 1915?

explore the Charters Towers World War One Heritage Trail

... and gain a new perspective on the opening years of the war.

All you need are a tablet / smartphone and an itinerary for visiting this iconic north Queensland inland centre.

Use the interactive map below to explore the town's highlights.

Journey along the Digital Heritage Trail through Lissner Park in the heart of Charters Towers. Here you can discover why this famous gold mining centre and the Kennedy Regiment played a key role in the nation’s planning for its defences in the event that war with Germany was declared.

Find out how Charters Towers' native sons assumed senior ranks in the first A.I.F. and distinguished themselves in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. See why the town’s then position as Queensland’s second largest town, helps us trace the military developments in Australia in the lead up to the outbreak of war in August 1914.

These discoveries are some of the landmarks that guide us along this digital trail. The other markers are the posts that lead you on a 1200m loop circuit of the park starting at the rotunda.

In all the trail offers 8 ‘command posts’ that invite you to explore a digital chapter in the unfolding narrative leading up to the events surrounding the 1915 Gallipoli campaign.

This period marked the first act in the two part drama that was the Australian experience of the war. After 1915, the ANZAC battlefronts spiralled into the trenches in France and the long running campaigns in Palestine. They however are stories for another day.

Mosman St, Charters Towers

travelling to Charters Towers and exploring the region