The ANZAC from Fernberg Road

Tomorrow on Anzac Day, our thoughts turn to the sacrifice borne by our communities, our state and our country in times of war.

More than 57,000 Queenslanders served our country in the First World War.

No community was left untouched. Fernberg, the home of Queensland’s Governors, was no exception.

Mr Charles Costin, Clerk of the Parliaments, lived on Fernberg Road – the street that is home to Government House – in a house called “Inchbrakie”.

Governor Goold-Adams was a soldier who had served with distinction in the second Boer War, so it’s easy to imagine the Clerk speaking to him with pride about his son Joseph, who attended Brisbane Grammar and served with the senior cadets and with the Moreton Regiment.


When the war began, Joseph Costin enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and was commissioned as an officer in the 9th Battalion. He landed at Gallipoli in the first wave ashore and, by the end of the day, had set up a machine gun position at 400 Plateau. During a Turkish counterattack, Lieutenant Costin took over a machine gun from a wounded man and continued to fire at the enemy until he was killed. He was 23 years old.

Lieutenant Joseph Costin was one of more than 750 Australians who were killed on the day of the landing at Gallipoli. He has no known grave.

Charles Costin died a few months later, his friends convinced his death was hastened by the shock of losing his son in battle.

Tomorrow, on the 25th of April 2016 - the 100th Anzac Day - along with thousands of Queenslanders, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC will solemnly take his place at the Dawn Service to remember the service and sacrifice of those, like Lieutenant Joseph Costin, who have fought to protect all that Australia holds dear.

Lest we forget.