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Free ANZAC Tours of Brisbane Courtesy of the Brisbane Greeters

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Take a Walk through the History of Wartime Brisbane

Brisbane holds a unique place in history regarding the observance of ANZAC Day. To ensure that this is recognised by visitors and locals alike, the Brisbane Greeters are conducting tours to places relevant to Wartime Brisbane. The spirit of ANZAC, forged at Gallipoli, has lived on through many theatres of war, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

ANZAC Day Brisbane 2016, Flags of the Allies
Flags of the Brothers in Arms

City of Brisbane Coat of Arms, ANZAC Day 2016, Brisbane Greeters
Brisbane - We aim for the best

Twenty-sixteen marks the 100th anniversary of Brisbane's first ANZAC Day parade, so it is a fitting time to explore its war memorials, reflect on the ANZAC spirit in ANZAC Square, hear about the support received in Brisbane City Hall, and continue on to the Museum of Brisbane's latest exhibition Facing World War One: Stories of Loyalty, Loss and Love.

ANZAC Day Brisbane 2016, ANZAC Square, symbolism
Find the Symbolism in ANZAC Square

ANZAC Day Brisbane 2016, Shrine of Remembrance, symbolism
The Brisbane Shrine of Remembrance

Very few people attending services around the world will know that the ANZAC observance tradition as we know it today began in Brisbane, when Canon David Garland was appointed secretary of the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee. He initiated the march, the returned soldiers' luncheon, the two minutes' silence and the special church services. He also devised the royal blue silk badges, which were sold to fund the care of soldiers' graves at home and abroad. There is now a fitting memorial to him by sculptor Rhyl Hinwood on the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

Brisbane ANZAC Day 2016, RAAF memorial, Queens Park, Rhyl Hinwood
Rhyl Hinwood's RAAF Memorial in Queens Park

Gallipoli church Service, ANZAC Day Brisbane 2016
Gallipoli Church Service

These tours will last for approximately two hours and will run from Tuesday April 26 to Sunday May 29 2016. They will be offered twice daily at 10am and 1pm departing from Queen's Park
near the Queen Victoria statue outside the Treasury Hotel. Queen's Park contains many memorials and sculptures commemorating various theatres of war, as well as stories about the political fallout of Australia's involvement in World War One.

Queen Victoria statue, Queens Park, Brisbane, Brisbane Greeters
Send her victorious

Statue of TJ Ryan, Queens Park, Brisbane, Brisbane Greeters
TJ Ryan.......

WWI cannon, Queens Park, Brisbane, Brisbane Greeters ANZAC tour 2016
fought fire with fire

The tour will continue on to ANZAC Square, King George Square, Brisbane City Hall, and finish up at the Museum of Brisbane's new exhibition. There will be many interesting landmarks visited and stories told en route, not only pertaining to the ANZAC legend, but to many other of Australia's theatres of war.

Two days' advanced booking notice is required, and groups are limited to six people per tour group. Here is the booking link
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Why? To learn about Brisbane's wartime roles
When: 10am and 1pm daily
Phone: 07 3156 6364
Where: Significant wartime sites of Brisbane's CBD
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
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