GONE: The historic chimney destroyed by Department of Transport and Main Roads contractors.
GONE: The historic chimney destroyed by Department of Transport and Main Roads contractors. Contributed

Loss of historic chimney a blow to Lilley family

REDBANK RSL Sub-Branch president Rick Gross wants to see the State Government recognise the Lilley family and a historic chimney that was bulldozed to the ground.

A Department of Transport and Main Roads contractor bulldozed a heritage-listed Second World War rifle range wall at Redbank along with the chimney of the family home of Boer War hero William Lilley.

A DTMR senior bureaucrat has apologised to Redbank RSL life member Bill Bowtell for what happened to the wall and the department has agreed to a suitable replacement memorial for the site. But Mr Gross said they should do more.

"I've been talking to a relative of William Lilley's, Allan Lilley, and he wasn't impressed about it," Mr Gross said.

"Even though he didn't live in the house, the Lilley boys did.

"The house was moved but the chimney had been there since the late 1800s. We'd applied to have the chimney heritage list because William Lilley went to the Boer War with the Queensland Imperial Bushmen and got killed at a place called Onverwacht.

"Even though the transport department has apologised for the wall, we just can't see why they went out and knocked the chimney down.

"The bricks in that chimney were all hand made at Redbank. They've got the Redbank stamp on them.

"And the sand and the gravel came from the river. That was used for the mortar in the chimney. The whole thing is a shambles and proves that the government does what it likes, when it likes.

"We are hitting up the government for a memorial wall to be put up explaining what it was for, and I reckon they should make a further remembrance to the Lilley family and acknowledge that their son died in the Boer War."

A DTMR spokesperson said the department would be happy to discuss the chimney when officials meet with Mr Gross.



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