Brisbane Open House: Anzac Square tours

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Sun 28 Aug


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As part of Brisbane Open House 2022, join us for a free 45-minute tour exploring the history behind Queensland’s pre-eminent war memorial. 

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the history and design of Anzac Square and Memorial Galleries? 

Opened in 1930, Anzac Square is the State War Memorial of Queensland; a significant public and historical site dedicated to the men and women who have served their country in conflict and in peace since the Boer War. It was borne from a grieving society, who gave and lost so much during the First World War, and paid for by individual donations – ordinary people, who were themselves facing difficult times in the years between WWI and the Great Depression.

Tours depart Sunday 28 August at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm, and will explore:  

  • The significance of the Shrine of Remembrance and eternal flame  
  • The incorporation of symbolism in the design of Anzac Square 
  • The significance of the statues and memorials in the parklands, including the new Indigenous Veterans Memorial  
  • The recent renovations and restoration of this heritage listed site 
  • And the largely unknown history of the memorial galleries, a hidden treasure beneath the Cenotaph. 

As part of this tour guests will also be able to view the breathtaking Don Ross mosaic, on display from Monday 15 August to Sunday 4 September 2022. This emotive artwork is a powerful tribute to the men and women who served in WWII and features an astounding 140,000 hand cut Smalti Tessera (Venetian glass) tiles.   

Bookings not required. Simply meet our knowledgeable tour guides at the main entrance of the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries (look for the large double brass doors located beneath the Shrine of Remembrance, on the left corner of the Anzac Square parklands). 

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