ANZAC Square is a public square located between Anne and Adelaide Streets. It is a memorial to servicemen and women who saw conflict overseas and is named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps or ANZACs. It was opened on 11th November (Armistice Day) 1930.
ANZAC Square is the home of the Shrine of Remembrance and the 'Eternal Flame of
Remembrance'. This well known Brisbane cultural landmark is made from Helidon Sandstone (as are many of Brisbane's heritage buildings) and is in the Greek Classic Revivial style. On a pedestal in the centre of the shrine is a brass urn which holds the continuously lit Eternal Flame. The shrine was dedicated also on November 11th 1930.
The 18 columns of the shrine represent the year 1918 when WWI fighting ceased. The two flights of steps - one of 19 the other 18 - also symbolise this year and are made from Queensland Granite.
Under the memorial is a crypt which holds the Shrine of Memories dedicated to those Queenslanders who served in WWI & II. The park is also home to statues and dedications remembering other wars including the Second Boer War, the war in Vietnam and campaigns in Korea, Borneo and New Guinea.
Bottle trees and date palms were planted to remember conflicts in South Africa and the Middle East.
Services are held each ANZAC Day - 25th April; and Armistice Day - 11th November.
The Shrine of Remembrance , built out of local Helidon Sandstone, is located at Anzac Square, and it is here that the Eternal Flame burns in a brass urn. The Eternal Flame forms the focal point, and from here, well laid patterned pathways, pools, lawns and Bribie Island Pine and Bottle trees can be viewed.
Each year on Anzac Day [Australian and New Zealand Army Corps ] on April 25th, a dawn service is held and wreaths are laid around the eternal flame in remembrance of the fallen. There is also a service held here on Armistice Day (November 11th) each year, and wreaths are laid here again. I visited not long after Anzac Day, so there were still wreaths here.
The ANZAC Square War Memorial located at ANZAC Square, is dedicated to Australia's military heritage. There are Touch - Tell screens that explain the significance of ANZAC Square to visitors.
In the pedestrian tunnel that runs alongside Anzac Square, is the World War II Shrine of Memories.
You can view Honour Rolls, Unit Plaques and a mosaic containing over 140,000 hand-cut Venetian glass enamels and soils from official World War II cemeteries.
OPEN.....Monday to Friday 9.00am - 2.00pm (The World War II Shrine of Memories)
The Square [Park] is open 24hours.
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Actually, it is one of the most signicant memorials in Queensland, as it is one of the few South African War memorials in the state.
A life size Boer War Trooper, mounted on his horse, all ready for battle with the equipment and weaponary for the era. The memorial displays twin Rolls of Honour of those Queenslanders who made the supreme sacrifice during the Boer War between 1899 - 1902.
Anzac Square contains the only memorial in Brisbane dedicated to all members of the Queensland contingents who died during the South African conflict.
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A poignant memorial depicting a wounded Australian soldier being assisted by a nursing sister - a scene typical of all theatres of war. The memorial commemorates those Australians and their allies who died or served in World War II from 1939 to 1945. It was unveiled during the 50th Anniversary year of the Milne Bay and Kokoda Campaigns.
Make sure you look around the base where the blue is, because here are insignia of many women’s services, as well as a replica Victoria Cross, citation and photograph of VC recipient, Corporal Jack French of Crows Nest, and other memorabilia.
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This memorial is a more recent one, only being made in 1996.
It commemorates the Australians and their allies who died and served through the wars in Korea, Malayasia and Borneo between 1948 and 1966.
It depicts an Australian soldier from the Korean war, with his arm outstretched, welcoming peace and friendship.
KOREA - MALAYASIA -BORNEO - 1948-1966
ARTIST Rhyl Hinwood
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Probably a War that many of us remember. In Australia, it was quite a controversal War. It is only in recent years in Australia, the men and women who served in this War have been recognized and honoured.
It is good to see a sculpture here.
The sculpture depicts an act of mercy that was performed many times during the Vietnam War - an Australian soldier directing a medical helicopter to descend and tend to his wounded mate. It commemorates Australians and other Allies who died or suffered as a result of service in South Vietnam from 1963 - 1972.
ARTIST Dorothea Saaghy
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Anzac Square is named in honour of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)
It is a memorial to the men and women who went to War and lost their lives, and to the ones that returned.
60,000 Queenslanders fought in World War 1.
I think it is a lovely park, and have been here many times. The Statues are scattered around the small park, and are of the Second World War, The Boer War, Vietnam War, Korea and Borneo and New Guinea. There is also a statue commemorating the Women who went to War.
The park has an avenue of good size Queensland Bottle Trees which commemorate the Queensland Light Horse Regiments that served in the South African Boer War (1899-1902)
The Palm Trees (Middle East Date Palms) in the park represent the success in the Middle East during both Wars. They are also a biblical symbol of VICTORY.
When I was a student, I remember standing at the memorial, offering a prayer to the departed. I was there again as a tourist. I'd experience the same peaceful calm when I first visited the monument.
One distinct feature of this monument is the unceasing fire to remind us of the fallen soldiers in WWII.
The monument is found in the heart of the CBD area and not many people will take notice of it nor is it a place of interest. Still, it provides for a peaceful pause to be still and maybe like me, say a prayer for these soldiers.
To see the "Shrine of Memories & Crypt," I walked into the tunnel that led under the road to Central Railway Station. Watch for the open glass door on the left hand side if coming from the square itself.
The Crypt , contains tributes for Australian and allied participants in War.
The Shrine of Memories for me, was a beautiful quiet area, to reflect on the lives lost in War. Beautifully done, was a mosaic comprising of over 140,000 small pieces of hand cut Venetian glass enamels, unveiled, August 1984. Also in this room next to the mosaic was the 2/7th Australian Cavalry Regimental Bible.
Located around the central post, are boxes containing soil from official World War 2 cemeteries where Australian service men and women are buried.
A Message I read before walking out the door...................
" When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.
The Shrine of Remembrance, which houses the eternal flame is located overlooking a beautiful park/garden which is adorned with many stirring statues in memory of the heroes of several wars. There is also a World War II Museum which can be accessed through the pedestrian subway underneath the memorial. There are computerized touch systems to provide any information that you may wish to know.
Admission is free. The square is open at all times and the Museum between 9am and 2pm Monday to Friday.
Anzac Square is a lovely small area with monuments in memory of the men and woman that fought in the wars.
The Shrine of remembrance is at the back of the grassed Square.
You can see the dome of the Central Station at the back of the Shrine.
Dedicated to the memory of all the ANZACS that fell during the war. There is a 'Shrine of Rememberance' with an eternal flame. There are now also interactive systems (Touch-tell screens), which provides information to visitors. The is no cost and you can visit 7 days a week between 9am to 2:15pm.