At the conclusion of the war,
the Battalion returned home and was redesignated a Citizen
Military Forces Unit.
In 1930 the 49th Battalion amalgamated with the 25th Battalion,
becoming the 25th/49th Battalion. This remained the case until
1934 when the 25th/49th Battalion re-linked with the 9th
Battalion to become the 9th/49th Battalion. Taskings included
the local defence of the South East Queensland district. On the
outbreak of World War II, the Battalions unlinked and prepared
for deployment to Port Moresby. The 25th Battalion saw action at
Milne Bay and Buni Road with the Battalion's attack on Pearl
Ridge and its defence of Slater's Knoll being outstanding feats
of this campaign.
The responsibility for the defence of Port Moresby was tasked to
the 49th Battalion until Japan invaded New Guinea in 1942. The
49th Battalion spent more time in New Guinea than any other
Battalion. The Battalion earned the battle honours
- South West Pacific
- Sanananda Road.
In 1960 the Australian Military Forces reorganised and the Royal
Queensland Regiment was raised. In 1966 the 49th Battalion was
roled as a special conditions unit with a secondary role of
training national servicemen who, because of occupation or
locality were unable to attend weekly training activities. In
1985 the 49th Battalion became the third Infantry Battalion of
the 6th Brigade and in 1991 became a Ready Reserve Battalion
located at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera.
As a result of the Chief of the Army's Directive on
Restructuring the Army (RTA), the Ready Reserve Scheme has been
closed and 25 RQR has again amalgamated with 49 RQR as an
integrated Full Time/Part Time unit. As of 1 July 97, 25/49 RQR
will have elements based in Brisbane and the Darling Downs. All
members of the battalion look positively to a bright future as