This year on 25th April Australia is marking the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Landings at Gallipolli. It's hard not to have noticed this as there have been TV miniseries, advertising and exhibitions alerting us to this date. Now that it's almost here there are many ways you can choose to commemorate this day. As with any national event there are differing views about its significance and the best way to acknowledge it. In this article I have highlighted a number of events that commemorate the ordinary young men who went to fight, the nurses, doctors and ambulance drivers who went to help and the Australian men and women at home whose lives were turned upside down by the war. At the end I have also given details of the large events.
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My pick is to attend one of the many small events and exhibitions that highlight people's personal experience of the war.
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1. One Man's War: Gallipolli and The Somme
Listen to Douglas Furrell, the son of a World War I ANZAC, recount stories from his father's life and experiences during the War. Ideal for people aged 16 years and older.
2. Distant Lines: Queensland Voices of the First War is a series of exhibitions at the Queensland State Library exploring what life was like for Queenslanders during the war. See my article here for more detail.
5. ANZAC Commemoration Picnic at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Enjoy an Anzac biscuit, attend a drop in tour of the Freedom Wall, relax on the Bandstand Lawn and enjoy music from the times and make your own poppy.
When: Sunday April 26, 11-3
Where: botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha
6. ANZAC Centenary Family History Workshop at Inala Library. Learn about the resources available to help research the experiences of Australian soldiers during the conflict during this session presented by the Genealogical Society of Queensland
When: Tuesday, April 28, 10-12
Where: Inala Library
Bookings: 3403 2205
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7. Walking Tour. They Went By Ship to Foreign Shores. ANZAC 100
Be guided by Ian Jempson, CEO, Queensland Maritime Museum as he helps participants relive the first epic battle involving Australian forces.
When: Sunday May 3, 9.30 -10.30
Where: Brisbane' inner city, ending at South bank.
Bookings: ring 3223 6606 for the meeting point
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8. Bands in Parks listen to a big band playing classic wartime hits.
When: Friday 24th April, 7-8pm in King George Square; and
Sunday 26th April, 2-3pm, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
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Details of dawn services and parade:
The two main organised events are the Anzac Day dawn service - 4.28am at the Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Square, Ann Street, Brisbane and the Anzac Day Parade, Brisbane - from 9.30am-1pm starting at the Cultural Forecourt at Southbank. In addition many of the RSL sub braces are organising smaller services. See here for more details.