Fort Lytton & QLD Ambulance Museum Bus trip

September 24, 2018

On Friday 21 September 21 of us headed off on our trip to Fort Lytton. It was a sunny day, bit windy but still a nice day. After a bit of a delay on the Gateway due to a small truck catching on fire we arrived on time at Fort Lytton for morning tea. Here our coach driver found that we had 22 passengers as he found a small python snake up in the rear axle area. The volunteers from the historical association provided the morning tea and then gave a talk on the history of the area. The original Fort Lytton was built between 1880 and 1881, with ongoing construction continuing into the 1890s. It consists of about a hectare of colonial buildings, gun pits, triangulation stations, tunnels and other structures embedded in a protective earth-mound wall, surrounded by a 10m-wide water-filled moat. After our talk we headed over to the 2 museum buildings for a look and then did a tour of the fort itself. The 2 volunteer tour guides were very informative and explained all about the history from 1880 up to and including WW11. It was a very good tour.

After the tour back on the bus for a short drive to Wynnum RSL for lunch. Here everybody enjoyed a lovely 2 course lunch and cold drink.

 

After lunch we drove the short distant to the QLD Ambulance Museum where again 2 volunteers gave us a brief history of the QLD Ambulance and the Wynnum station which celebrated its 100 years last week. We did a tour of the old station seeing how they carried the early patients etc, checked out some of the old paperwork in the building next door and then had a look at a couple of old ambulances they have restored.

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