Lieutenant Frederick Evans.
Lieutenant Frederick Evans. Contributed

Soldiers' treasure has new home

AN IPSWICH family has donated a large collection military artefacts, clothing and medals to an Enoggera military museum, to be put on display early next year.

Patricia Sweeting, of Coalfalls, met with Captain Adele Catts, curator at the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) Museum at the Enoggera barracks on Wednesday to hand over the catalogue of almost 60 items.

Mrs Sweeting donated the items from two generations on behalf of the Evans family, following the wishes of her late mother.

Her grandfather, Sgt Edward "Ted" James Evans, served in the Third Queensland Mounted Infantry during the Boer and Zulu Wars, earning the Egyptian Medal and the Khedive's Star.

Mrs Sweeting's father, Major Fred Evans, served in both world wars, and was awarded a Military Cross and Mentioned In Dispatches medal.

Capt Catts said it was rare to have such a significant collection donated to the museum.

"It is just exciting to have such a complete collection over such a large period of time. It is very significant considering it has World War I and II and the Military Cross," she said.

Mrs Sweeting said the museum was the rightful place for the items.

"Well, because I think that is where they belong, so everyone can enjoy it. My mother stated that's where they wanted them to go, for the benefit of everyone," she said.

Mrs Sweeting said her father kept his war time stories close to his chest.

"My dad was like any other soldier of that era - they never spoke about it."

The collection includes military uniforms, documents, artefacts and medals which were kept in immaculate condition.

The belongings will be prepared for the display to the public, which is expected to open in February.

Mrs Sweeting first approached the museum in 2007.

Capt Catts said the four-year process allowed the family enough time to become comfortable with collection's new home.

The display will have an official opening for the family to attend. It is an occasion Mrs Sweeting is looking forward to.



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