Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants Program

Anzac Centenary Queensland

Applications are now open for the Queensland Anzac Centenary Lasting Legacies and Spirit of Service grants programs. Funding is available for projects that commemorate the role played by Queenslanders in the First World War or other significant Australian military anniversaries. Recent changes have made the grants program even more accessible for community organisations to apply, with two types … Read more

Western Front Commemorative Service, Brisbane, 23 July 2016

Western Front Memorial Service held in Brisbane 23 July 2016. Source: Anzac Centenary Coordination Unit.

On Saturday, 23rd July 2016, a moving commemorative service, organised by the Queensland Government, was held at the Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square, Brisbane, to honour the Australian troops who served on the Western Front. The ceremony marked the 100th anniversary of the first Australian soldiers entering France and Belgium in 1916.  295,000 Australians served on the Western Front in battles … Read more

Brightlingsea Brides

Carnival at Brightingslea, 2016

This year will be the centenary of the arrival of over 10,000 ANZACS who, between 1916 and 1919, were billeted in Brightlingsea, England and trained at the Australian Engineers Training Depot before being sent on active service to the Western Front and beyond. The soldiers were welcomed into the community, to the extent that 29 … Read more

Springsure’s Fryer brothers and the impact of medical treatment: a WW1 exhibition

Guest blogger: Simon Farley, Fryer Librarian, The University of Queensland Library On Sunday 24th April I visited Springsure to join members of the Fryer family for a preview of an exhibition about the Fryer brothers and their service during WWI. Exhibition curator Dr Melanie Piddocke from the Queensland Museum has done a wonderful job on … Read more

Anzac Day Today

Australian Air Force Officers at the war memorial on Anzac Day in Cairns, Queensland 2014. From 29485 Brian Cassey Anzac Day 2014 Photographs. CC-BY-NC. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This year marks one hundred years since the first Anzac Day Commemoration was held. Queensland’s Canon David John Garland, known as the ‘architect’ of Anzac Day, created the framework for Anzac Day services, which includes the Anzac Day march, wreath-laying ceremonies, church services, and the one minute’s silence. To mark the centenary of the First … Read more