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.
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.
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.
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.
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.