Discover the stories in ANZAC Square that pay tribute to our military history, writes Helen Goltz.

We’ve all wandered through ANZAC Square between Ann and Adelaide Streets but ANZAC Day is the perfect time to visit and reflect on some of the stories behind the memorials of the men and women who participated in service.

The South-west Pacific War

A wounded soldier descends the Kokoda Trail assisted by a strong, Papua New Guinean. They are passed by a fresh soldier. The lower legs of the two touch – connected in their battle to protect Australia from the invading Japanese.

The Boer War memorial

This commemorates the first overseas conflict in which colonial Queensland troops were involved in between 1899 to 1902 in South Africa. The plaque reads “In memory of the Queensland heroes who fell.”

Korea, Malaya and Borneo

An Australian soldier from the Korean War holds his arm high and the other soldier from the Malaya or Borneo conflict is ready to serve and protect. This statue commemorates those who served between 1948 and 1966.

The memorial to Vietnam

The Vietnam memorial depicts an act of mercy seen many times as a soldier directs a medical helicopter to descend for his wounded mate. The memorial commemorates those Australians and their allies who served in South Vietnam from 1962 to 1973.

World War 2

The WW2 memorial of a nursing sister tending to the wounded digger reminds us of the service of all Australian men and women.

The Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance commemorates the ‘Great War’ (WW1) with eighteen columns representing the year of peace 1918. The names of major battles are recorded around the top and in the centre of the shrine an eternal flame burns in memory of those who gave their lives.