This year will mark 100 years of Anzac Day commemorations in Brisbane, marking a significant milestone in Australia’s history.
Over 15,000 people are anticipated to attend this year’s Brisbane Dawn Service on Monday 25 April to show their support and mark the 100th Anniversary, and many more to march in the annual parade.
Brisbane’s Anzac Day Dawn Service will be held on in Anzac Square, Brisbane from 4:28am, followed by the Anzac Day Parade from 9:30am to 1:00pm.
An important moment for all Australians, the day also forms a special (yet lesser known) part of Queensland’s history, home to where the tradition of Anzac Day commemorations first began.
It was in January 1916 at a public meeting in Brisbane that the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee of Queensland (ADCC) was formed, electing Chaplain Canon David John Garland to be the first tasked to devise Queensland’s Anzac Day commemoration activities.
Queensland’s commemorative plans were subsequently adapted by the remaining states and New Zealand, and 100 years on, the original activities Garland planned for the first day of solemn remembrance in 1916 still stand and have created Anzac Day as we know it today.
Outside of the CBD, there will be an array of local events being held across Brisbane in honour of our servicemen and women both past and present.
Anzac Day Fast Facts
- Rosemary has been used as a symbol of remembrance since the day’s inception. Canon David John Garland held the first rosemary drive in 1916, where the proceeds were used to fund the construction of eight hostels in war zones.
- Queensland led the way for Anzac Day: In Jan 1916 the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee of Queensland (ADCC) was formed to make plans to commemorate the fallen troops of the First World War.
- After the Australian Army began recruiting in the days after the 1914 declaration of war, the men enlisting were known as “six bob a day tourists” because they thought the pay was high and the war would be over quickly.
- The Australian and New Zealand troops were initially known as the Australasian Army Corp. However, following protests by New Zealand, the name was changed to Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and subsequently Anzac.
- First World War Anzacs were all volunteers, with 35% being first generation Australian and New Zealanders.