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Brisbane’s ANZAC secrets uncovered in new tour

20 April, 2015

Brisbane’s fascinating ANZAC heritage is being revealed to the public, with a new walking tour launched today, commemorating 100 years since the Landing on Gallipoli.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the ‘100 Years of ANZAC & Gallipoli Centenary Tours’ would bring the city’s war stories to life, by revealing Brisbane’s proud military history to locals and visitors.

“Brisbane has strong historic ties to the ANZAC legacy, and conflicts such as World War II,” Cr Quirk said.

“With thanks to Brisbane Greeters, the public can venture on a journey throughout the city to learn the importance of Brisbane’s contributions to overseas conflicts and peacetime operations.”

The tour will guide participants through a range of events that occurred on Brisbane soil during several historic conflicts, including the city’s first ANZAC Day march in 1916, which happened to be one of the first in the country.

“Participants will also be astonished to learn and the country’s first ever memorial ANZAC sculpture was unveiled in Brisbane, and continues to stand proud on George Street today,” he said.

“The tours will take residents and visitors through local places and spaces where there is evidence of Brisbane’s Anzac and war history, including Queens Park, MacArthur Chambers and, of course, Anzac Square.”

Cr Quirk said the new tour was just one way the city was commemorating the beginning of the Centenary of ANZAC celebrations.

“Council has undertaken a range of initiatives to honour this sacred occasion, including the refurbishment of ANZAC Square, restoring the city’s suburban memorials, rededicating several Avenues of Honour, and launching a commemorative video for all to see,” Cr Quirk said.

“On April 24 and 25, the Story Bridge, City Hall, and Redcliffe Place will also be lit up in poppy red, in honour of the occasion.”

The “Brisbane Greeters – 100 Years of ANZAC & Gallipoli Centenary Tours 2015” is free to the public, and will take place twice-daily at 10am and 1pm until May 10, with bookings essential.

For information, go to https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/Brisbane-Greeters or contact Brisbane City Council on 3403 8888

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