You can now discover the people, places and stories behind the Queensland war experience on this free guided tour of Anzac Square Memorial Galleries. The experienced guides will take you on an interactive journey from World War One to the present day. You'll be able to explore all the highlights curated from the State Library of Queensland's digital collection of military stories, diaries, letters, photographs and artefacts. Featured items can be tailored to suit your interests.
Visitors to the refreshed exhibition at this historic site can delve into Queensland's war history. Embark on a historical journey to explore the extraordinary true stories of courage, resilience, sacrifice and duty that underpin the Queensland's involvement in war. The galleries are particularly poignant for me as my father Jim Cross proudly served in the Royal Australian Air Force. Please note that the exhibitions contain images of people who have passed away so may cause distress or sadness, especially to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.
Start your tour in the quiet the World War I Memorial Crypt, which is a place of peaceful reflection. Its walls contain ornate memorial plaques which commemorate the fallen and honour the service and sacrifice of Queensland-associated battalions, regiments and other units.
WWI AIF Memorial (May Cross)
Your passage through history continues inside the World War II Gallery, where visitors can explore the Queensland war experience. Memorial plaques also line the walls of this War Gallery, each telling its own story of service and sacrifice in the defence of our nation.
Across the Central Station pedestrian subway is the Post World War II Memorial and Exhibition Gallery, beautifully restored and showcasing the original hand-cut palfrey stone retaining wall adjoining Ann Street.
The Collection Highlights Tour departs every Wednesday at 10:30am (except on public holidays) and the duration is 45 minutes. Meet at the main entrance of the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries at 285 Ann Street. Just look for the large double brass doors located beneath the Shrine of Remembrance, on the left corner of the Anzac Square parklands, opposite Central Station in Brisbane's CBD. Although the tour is free, bookings are essential. For bookings and further details, click here
ANZAC Square comprises many significant features, each designed to consolidate its role as the major State War Memorial in Queensland. The architect drew on classical antiquity for the Shrine of Remembrance. The circular colonnades are open to the sky. Inside the shrine, Brisbane's Eternal Flame, lit on Armistice Day in 1930, was the first to be lit in Australia (and is similar to one in Belgium). It is a tribute to the ANZAC spirit and is a beacon of light and inspiration for all Queenslanders.
Queensland Women's War Memorial was designed by Brisbane sculptor Daphne Mayo and unveiled in 1932. It honours the wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of men who served in World War I. The Scout by Brisbane sculptor James Watts commemorates the first overseas conflict in which Queenslanders served - the South African Boer War.
In order to comply with Queensland Health COVID-19 guidelines, tour groups are currently limited to a maximum of 15 visitors per gallery (including staff). COVID-19 updates and how you can access the Memorial Galleries can be found here .
For general enquiries and large groups (including school pupils) wishing to organise a tour, please contact the Anzac Square Visitor Services team on 0466 922 259 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let the team know, via the booking form, if you have any mobility challenges. All interactive screens in the galleries are wheelchair accessible. Ambulant toilets are also available in the Post World War II Memorial Gallery. Two days notice for cancellation of tours would be appreciated. Please cancel via Eventbrite. Alternatively, email email@example.com or phone on 0466 922 259.