Your Anzac Day 2021

Anzac Day is commemorated every year on 25 April and has been one of Australia’s most important national days of remembrance since its origins in 1916. From dawn vigils and gunfire breakfasts, to parades and veterans’ reunions, Anzac Day traditions and rituals have been a cherished feature of Queensland commemorations since its earliest days.

In 2021 the Dawn Service commences at 4:28am sharp on 25 April at Brisbane's Shrine of Remembrance, ANZAC Square, located between Ann and Adelaide Streets. All are welcome to attend.

Anzac Square Memorial Galleries will be open from 5am–2pm on Anzac Day (Sunday 25 April) and 10am-4pm on the public holiday (Monday 26 April) for those wishing to lay a wreath or commemorate in person. Delve deeper into Queensland’s war history and explore the extraordinary true stories of courage, resilience, sacrifice and duty that underpin the Queensland war experience during your visit. Anzac Square Memorial Galleries staff will also be presenting a free talk daily at 12, on the History of Anzac Day. Seating is limited, register here.

Be part of the story of Queensland and commemorate at home by contributing to Explorer - your portal into State Library’s collection of Anzac Day images. Find and tag photographs from past and present Anzac Day events throughout Queensland and preserve your memories for future generations by uploading your own photographs to the platform. Information about digitising your photos can be found here.

Soldier sitting in the Hooper's front yard at Alexandra Street, North Ward, Townsville, ca. 1918. State Library of Queensland, John Oxley Library, Negative number 162643.

No matter where you are this Anzac Day, you can enjoy our award-winning program, Anzac Stories. With a little help from voice assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, be transported back in time to listen to the oral histories and diaries of past and present serving members of the Australian armed forces. Other popular features of Anzac Stories are playing The Last Post, being guided through a minute’s silence, and requesting a poppy be placed on your behalf inside Anzac Square Memorial Galleries. 

Accessing Anzac Stories is simple, just say any of the below phrases to your voice assistant:

  • Ask Amazon Alexa to ‘Launch Anzac Stories’ or Google Assistant to 'Talk to Anzac Stories' to hear a selection of oral histories from past and present serving members of the armed forces or stories retold from letters and diaries.
  • Say 'Ask Anzac Stories to Place a Poppy' to request staff place a poppy in the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries on your behalf. 
  • Say ‘Ask Anzac Stories to Play the Last Post’ to conduct a virtual service and observe a minute’s silence.

Anzac Stories was voted joint recipient of the 2020 VALA Award for Crisis Response, Best Collaboration During a Crisis at the 2020 Online Startup and Innovation Awards and Silver Award winner (Digital - Expanded Service or Application) at DrivenxDesign BNE20.

Discover more ways to commemorate at anzacsquare.qld.gov.au and don't forget to share your Anzac Day experience with us by using the hashtags #YourAnzacDay and #AnzacDay2021 on social media or uploading your images to Explorer.

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