Our Timeline

If you’ve always wanted to know where it all started, we’ve pieced this timeline together to highlight the major events, those involved and what’s required to put together something as significant as this.

We would like to thank all those involved, both past and present, for all their hard work.

November 5th, 2016

1st 42 Hour Challenge and fundraiser for the memorial.

November 18th, 2016

1st meeting to confirm the establishment of the 42 for 42 organisation and start the memorial project.

January 26th, 2017

1st 42 Ball Bash held in Cranbourne, Victoria.

February 23rd, 2017

1st official meeting of the 42 for 42 Incorporation.

March 9th, 2017

1st meeting and planning with Hutchinson Builders.

July 26th, 2017

Landscape Architect Tanya Wood (TWLA) commissioned to plan & design the memorial garden.

October 4th, 2017

1st official memorial site survey completed.

November 10th, 2017

2nd 42 Hour Challenge held at Suncorp Stadium.

January 26th, 2018

2nd Annual 42 Ball Bash held in Cranbourne, Victoria

May 20th, 2018

1st 42 for 42 Memorial Luncheon held at The Queensland Crickets Club.

May 23rd, 2018

1st planning meeting held with Cardno Engineering.

June 23rd, 2018

Meeting with Federal Member of Brisbane for Government support.

August 29th, 2018

Site meeting with all stakeholders to confirm the required paperwork needed to finalise the memorial site.

September 7th, 2018

Commissioned artist, Wayne Strickland, to make statues for the memorial.

October 10th, 2018

Site meeting done with 6th Brigade (Army) and having assistance with the memorial.

October 17th, 2018

Committee vote in the decision to make a mobile App for the memorial to help with education about the war.

October 28th, 2018

Mural artwork artist, Lee Harden, commissioned and design to start.

November 9th, 2018

3rd Annual 42 Hour Challenge held at Suncorp Stadium.

January 25th, 2019

3rd Annual 42 Ball Bash held in Cranbourne, Victoria.

March 20th, 2019

Commissioned Talbot Walsh Engraving & Signs to begin work for the memorial plaques.

March 15th, 2019

2nd Annual Memorial Luncheon held at The Queensland Cricketers Club.

April 18th, 2019

Site meeting with signboard designer, Fabsigns, to begin work on memorial information boards.

August 7th, 2019

Federal grant received.

September 31st, 2019

Meeting with BCC to organise final paperwork required.

November 22nd, 2019

4th Annual 42 Hour Challenge held at Suncorp Stadium.

January 21st, 2020

Access agreement for the memorial site completed.

January 26th, 2020

4th Annual 42 Ball Bash held in Cranbourne, Victoria.

February 17th, 2020

Design of the Mental Health plaques & Military Dogs.

March 20th, 2020

Completion of the 42 plaques for the fallen.

April 4th, 2020

Completion of posts for the memorial plaques.

July 16th, 2020

Officially become trustees and landholders of Memorial site.

August 12th, 2020

Announcement of our 42 for 42 patrons ambassadors:

  • Brigadier John Carey CSC
  • Major General Susan Coyle CSC DSM

𝗠𝗮𝗷𝗼𝗿 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘂𝘀𝗮𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝘆𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗦𝗖 𝗗𝗦𝗠 holds a special place for the 42 for 42, move us along positively.

𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗿 𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘆 𝗖𝗦𝗖 has been a long time supporter and has helped push our agenda forward.


November 6th, 2020

The 1st Annual 42 Hour Endurance Challenge held at the Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, organised by the 6 Brigade & 7 Brigade.

November 13th, 2020

The 5th Annual 42 Hour Challenge, held at Suncorp Stadium, from Friday the 13th of November till Sunday the 15th. 

March 6th, 2021

1st Working Bee & SOD Turning ceremony

March 12th, 2021

Our 3rd Annual Memorial Luncheon, held at the Queensland Cricketers Club with Dr Brendan Nelson (AO), Ian Healy (AO), Carl Rackemann ((OAM) and Michael Kasprowicz.

March 6th, 2021

2nd Working Bee.

March 13th, 2021

3rd Working Bee.

March 20th, 2021

3rd Working Bee.

March 22nd, 2021

Boeing Company dedicates support & sponsorship to the memorial.

March 28th, 2021

4th Working Bee.

April 10th, 2021

5th Working Bee.

April 17th, 2021

6th Working Bee.

5th Battle of Crete Walk supporting 42 for 42.

April 30th, 2021

7th Working Bee.

May 1st, 2021

8th Working Bee.

QFRES Roma Street Station support at the working bee.

May 2nd, 2021

Light & Dark Exhibition fundraiser for 42 for 42.

May 7th, 2021

Concrete pouring & works for statues and mural.

May 23rd, 2021

9th Working Bee.

Placement of EDD Tank statue in Memorial.

May 29th, 2021

10th Working Bee.

June 5th, 2021

11th Working bee.

Placement of Australian Soldier & Afghan Child in Memorial.

June 1st, 2021

EPE dedicate support & sponsorship to Memorial.

June 12th, 2021

12th Working Bee.

June 19th, 2021

13th Working Bee – Planting of new plants & trees.

June 26th, 2021

14th Working bee.

July 3rd, 2021

15th Working bee – Placement of the Mental Health and EDD & Working Dog plaques in the Memorial.

July 10th, 2021

16th Working Bee – Laying of turf on grounds & bark for the garden in the Memorial.

July 17th, 2021

17th Working Bee – Placement of VC & Dickens Medal seats & plaques.

July 23rd, 2021

Placement of Fallen plaques and informational boards.

July 24th, 2021

Cancellation of Official Opening due to COVID restrictions.

July 31st, 2021

18th Working Bee.

August 26th, 2021

Placement of mural board & artwork.

August 31st, 2021

19th working bee.

September 12th, 2021

1st AFL 42 memorial match at Ferny Grove AFL Club, Seniors vs Masters.

September 18th, 2021

20th Working Bee.

September 25th, 2021

Mural Artist Lee Harden finishes artwork for Mural.

October 2nd, 2021

21st working bee & garden water system placement.

October 9th, 2021

22nd working bee & Opening Ceremony preparation.

October 16th, 2021

Official opening of our Afghanistan Memorial Garden.

October 29th, 2021

Ash Birt Challenge fundraiser for the 42 for 42.

October 30th, 2021

42 for 42 assisted and supported Veteran Trail Run on K’gari.

November 10th, 2021

St Laurence College 42 for 42 fundraiser & talk with students.

November 19th, 2021

1st official school tour at the Afghanistan War Memorial Garden.

November 25th, 2021

1st Working Bee post-opening, Re turfed grounds & clean up.

November 26-28th, 2021

6th Annual 42 hour challenge.

December 17th, 2021

1st official corporate tour & talk with Boeing Australia.

March 25th, 2022

4th Annual Luncheon held at The Queensland Crickets Club.