Images of Canon David John Garland
ABOVE: In two of the uniforms he wore with distinction: in clerical collar and in the garb of an officer in the chaplaincy section of the First AIF. In 1924 Canon David John Garland was described by Queensland Acting Premier, William Neal Gillies, as “the life and soul of Anzac Day Commemoration Committee”. Canon Garland worked tirelessly in this honorary role from 10 January 1916 until his death on 3 October 1939.

The Canon Garland Memorial Society Incorporated

Welcome to the website of the Canon Garland Memorial Society Incorporated (the “CGMS”), a community-based, not-for-profit group established in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on a volunteer basis.

On Friday, 22 April 2016, Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins was officially unveiled, dedicated and handed over to the People of the City of Brisbane in a ceremony at Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, heralding Centenary of ANZAC Day commemorations.

Having achieved the primary mission of building the Memorial, the Society has considered that, given the public benefit of Canon Garland’s broad range of community involvement, there was significant merit in broadening the Society’s focus to:

  • Increase public awareness about the Memorial and the Origins of ANZAC Day.
  • Highlight Canon Garland’s lifetime of service to the community and how it fostered social cohesion in Australia.

The Society is now working on a new project which focuses on the above objectives.

Check out The Memorial Project and the Community tabs at the top of the page and follow our journey on Facebook and Twitter.

The CGMS has broadened its inaugural Mission Statement in the hope of inspiring more citizens to positively contribute to their community by drawing inspiration from Canon Garland’s example of perseverance, tenacity, faith and service to others before self.

You can join us on this Mission by becoming a Member of the Society or by supporting us with a donation.

The Mission Objectives the CGMS set itself back in July 2013 were simple:
To honour the pivotal role David John Garland played in the formation of ANZAC Day as a national day of solemn public commemoration of The Fallen of the Great War;

  • To foster public awareness about the origins of ANZAC Day itself;
  • To publicly honour Canon Garland’s outstanding contribution to the community in time of war and peace.

CGMS hopes that you will take a few moments to browse this website’s growing catalogue of posts about Canon Garland’s extraordinary career and his singular contribution to the creation of ANZAC Day, perhaps Australia’s most revered tradition.

Going forward, CGMS hopes to build public awareness of the existence about the Memorial by seeking to partner with civic and government instrumentalities to secure signage and to engage with the vibrant local Kangaroo Point/Woolloongabba communities.


ABOVE: Close-up detail of the completed and officially unveiled Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins on its "birthday", Friday, 22 April 2016.


CGMS gladly acknowledges the generous support of private donors and these sponsors:

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