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Brisbane ANZAC Day Events 2013

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In many ways ANZAC Day has become our de facto national day in recent years. Increasing crowds at ANZAC Day official ceremonies and other events, both in Australia and abroad, are testament to this. There are many ways to commemorate ANZAC Day but the solemn and often moving events that are part of the official program are usually the most popular as they remind us of what has been lost for what has been gained. In Brisbane this year there are plenty of opportunities for you to pay your respects at official and more casual events. Some are listed below


1) Free ANZAC Eve Concert

The free ANZAC Eve Concert, which is jointly presented by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and RSL Queensland Branch, is a popular Brisbane tradition. this year the concert is directed by Australian conductor Benjamin Northey and features Queensland Police Pipes and Drums, the Australian Army Band Brisbane, the Brisbane Concert Choir and soloists, along with the world renowned QSO.

ANZAC Eve concert QSO
Image from event website

The concert will be held in the Great Hall of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and runs from 6.30pm to 9pm on Wednesday 24 April.

The event is Free but you must register online here.

2) Brisbane City Events

Brisbane Dawn Service
The main ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held, as always at The Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane's City's ANZAC Square between Ann and Adelaide Streets. It commences at dawn (approximately 4.30am), marking the time of the original Gallipoli landings.

Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade
The annual ANZAC Day Parade is a significant commemorative event and provides a colourful opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects to those who have served and continue to serve in the defence of Australia or its interests. The community can honour veterans themselves or their descendants who march in the stead of those who have passed away or are no longer able to march themselves.

This year the parade commences at 10am at the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets. Marchers will travel up George Street, then into Adelaide and Creek Streets, with the parade finishing at approximately 1pm. You can find out details about the parade online here.


brisbane shrine of remembrance
Image by figaro from Wikimedia Commons

3) Sub-branch Commemorations

Dawn services are held at many local RSL sub-branches throughout Brisbane and surrounds. They also hold their own local marches, services and commemorative events, some featuring guest speakers and offering post service breakfasts or hospitality.

A link to details of RSL sub-branches can be found here.

Some of the services that will be held include:

Commemorations in the Western Suburbs
These will be held at Sherwood, Graceville, Indooroopilly, Oxford and Corinda. Details of for all these services can be found here. After these events the Sherwood Services Club will open from 1pm.

Dawn Service at Lutwyche Cemetery
This will commence at 5.30 am and will be followed at 6.30am by a Gunfire Breakfast outside Kedron-Wavell Services Club and a march at 7.45am and service from 8.30am. Details online here.

Redland City
Commemorations commence with a dawn service to the Cenotaph at 5.15am followed by the Dawn Service at 5.30am. The march will commence at 10.30 am with a service at 11am. Details online here.

anzac day redlands
Image from Redlands RSL website

4) ANZAC Day Two Up

The game of two-up was played by Australian soldiers during World War 1 and was a highly popular illegal betting activity until the 1950's. It is legal to play two-up on Anzac Day. Most local RSL clubs have two-up games on ANZAC Day.

This year Woolloongabba's Chalk Hotel will be making a giant Two-Up Ring in the carpark. Two-Up commences at 1pm and entry will cost you a gold coin donation to Legacy.

The Story Bridge Hotel at Kangaroo Point will also be conducting Two-Up from 2pm.

anzac day, chalk hotel
Image from Chalk Hotel website.
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Why? To honour the fallen and those who have served.
When: ANZAC Eve Concert Wednesday 24 April. ANZAC services and commemorations Thursday 25 April. See article for details.
Where: Various venues. See article for details.
Cost: Free
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