RACQ’s role supporting the ANZAC’s

For more than 100 years RACQ has been helping the community, and it all began in 1914 when members banded together to help wounded soldiers returning from World War I.

On 7 August 1914 the Automobile Club of Queensland (ACQ), as it was then known, called a special meeting to consider how members could best assist the government with the defence of the Commonwealth.

As a group of car owners, in a time when cars were a luxury, ACQ members realised they were in a unique position to help.

Members used their own vehicles to meet wounded soldiers at the train station and the port to transport them to the Kangaroo Point Military Hospital.

In less than 12 months more than 180 Club members were involved and the effort was so large it became necessary to form a Club offshoot to coordinate the activity.

The Returned Soldiers Transport Corps (RSTC) was established to continue transporting injured soldiers to and from hospital, and even took on the role of escorting recuperating soldiers on day trips around the countryside.

The Returned Soldiers Transport Corps had its own badge bearing both the RSTC and ACQ initials, and the red Geneva Cross. 

 

By July 1916, it is estimated that more than 1,300 soldiers had been assisted by ACQ members.

In 1921, His Majesty King George V awarded the ACQ the use of the Royal prefix, for its patriotic services during WWI.

Thus the RACQ was born.