About Us

When we were formed

The Canon Garland Memorial Society (the “CGMS”) was formed at Brisbane at an inaugural meeting of interested community members convened at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Hawthorne Street, Woolloongabba, on 9 July 2013.

Our aims

Our Mission Statement was to fund, design and build Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins at Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, Kangaroo Point, in inner-city Brisbane, by the time of the 100th ANZAC Day, which was observed on 25 April 2016, to:

  • Honour the pivotal role the Reverend Canon David John Garland OBE had in developing ANZAC Day as a public day of solemn commemoration of The Fallen;
  • Foster public awareness of the origins of the ANZAC Day observance;
  • Provide enduring recognition of his public contribution to those who served in the Australian Defence Force, in time of war and peace, and to honour the ANZAC Day tradition.

Why Kangaroo Point and not Woolloongabba?

In 1902 Canon Garland, then aged 38, was installed as Rector of South Brisbane Parish in the Church of England’s (now Anglican) Diocese of Brisbane. The primary chapel in the parish then, as now, was Holy Trinity Church, which today is the hub of Woolloongabba Anglican Parish.

Next door to the-then South Brisbane Parish was Kangaroo Point Parish, overseen until 1913 by the Reverend William Maitland Woods (1864-1927), a military chaplain to the Queensland Defence Force prior to the Federation of the States and Territories into the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January 1901.

Reverend Woods and Canon Garland first met when both men were associated with the Diocese of North Queensland – Woods as Rector of Thursday Island Parish and Garland as Archdeacon and Administrator of  the Diocese, and Rector of Charters Towers Parish.

While the Priest-in-Charge (Rector) of South Brisbane Parish, Canon Garland resided in the Parish Rectory, “Moira”, located on River Terrace, Kangaroo Point, just a short stroll from historic St Mary’s Church, where Reverend Woods was the Rector.

In 1915 Canon Garland re-activated his military chaplaincy commission and assumed the honorary rank of chaplain Lieutenant-Colonel in the First AIF, agitating for the role of senior organising chaplain at Brisbane’s sprawling Enoggera Army Base, the training camps of the 1st Military District and its numerous Queensland-raised battalions.

Chaplain Woods, in August that year, sailed on the troopship, HMAT A54 “Runic”, to commence his Great War-long association with the ANZAC troops fighting in the Middle East campaigns across Egypt, Syria and Palestine. Canon Garland in 1917 was moved to follow Reverend Woods to the Holy Lands, bringing with him a handsome purse of funds raised via the annual Lavender Day Appeal to further the work of chaplaincy among the men and women of the First AIF, targeting the establishment of hostels and respite services.

During this time Canon Garland was bedding down and tirelessly advocating for the format and substance of solemn, non-sectarian and civilian-run ANZAC Day observances for every 25th day of April.

At the outset Canon Garland Memorial Society explored the possibility of erecting “Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins” in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, but when the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park site – bordering the historic St Mary’s Anglican Church – became available, the symbolism of bringing the civic and secular connections between Reverend Woods and Canon Garland, as well as the spot’s astonishing ambience and visual amenity made it an obvious and logical home.

With the Memorial being clad in similar porphyry (“Brisbane tuff”) stone to that with which St Mary’s Church itself is built, the effect invokes a sense of ANZAC Day having sprung from the bedrock on which the City of Brisbane itself built – on publicly-owned land straddling the secular world and the non-secular, just like Canon Garland in his lifetime of service to God, Country and Empire.

And this is singularly appropriate as the citizens of the City of Brisbane gave ANZAC Day to the world.

The CGMS hopes Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins will forever stand as a civilian expression of the honour and gratitude owed to all the sons and daughters of Australia who have answered their country’s call in time of war and peace.

Here’s a recent edition of About the CGMS, in PDF format.

Our status

Our Society is a community-based, not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation incorporated under Model Rules and registered with the Queensland Government’s Office of Fair Trading and the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

We have elected members to our Management Committee and its most recent Annual General Meetings was convened on 29 June 2016.

All meetings are conducted in line with the Office of Fair Trading’s Model Rules.

Please use the form below to ask any questions you may have and we will endeavour to get back to you as quickly as practicable.

Current committee

Dr William Glasson AO – President
Mr Ross Hielscher – Vice-President
Mr Peter Collins – Secretary and Online Editor
Mr Gordon Appleby – Treasurer
Mr Constantine Drozdovskii – Events Co-ordinator
The Reverend Canon Bruce Maughan OAM RFD GCSJ MMSJ MACE
Mr Robert Glazebrook
Mr David Murray
Ms Suzanne Bosanquet – Gabba Business Association Incorporated
Mr Darby Ashton – The Naval Association of Australia Incorporated (Sandgate Sub-Section, Honorary President)

Our meetings

Having completed its primary mission of seeing Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins to fruition, the CGMS Management Committee now meet quarterly.

Check out our Facebook page for details.