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.

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.

You can follow the journey the Project has taken via these pages, or on Facebook and Twitter.


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.

Now the CGMS hopes to build awareness of the existence of the Memorial by enhancing signage and engagement with the vibrant 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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