Canon Garland Place unveiled

ABOVE: The Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Graham Quirk, flanked by Toowong Ward representative, Councillor Peter Matic, and Wishart Ward representative, Councillor Krista Adams, address the media (news crews from Seven News, National Nine News, Network Ten News and ABC-TV News were in attendance) in front of the Canon Garland Place storyboard on Thursday morning, 5 November 2015. On the right, Canon Garland Memorial Society Vice-President, Ross Hielscher, looks on. He later conducted a number of media interviews.


Council continues to honour ANZAC
heroes ahead of Remembrance Day

Brisbane City Council will continue to commemorate the fallen heroes of World War I ahead of Remembrance Day with two major commemorative projects unveiled today.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today opened a new lawn at Toowong Cemetery to honour Canon David Garland, the man known as the ‘architect of ANZAC Day’.

Cr Quirk said the lawn highlighted the importance of Canon Garland’s contributions to Australian society, with his proposal to honour fallen troops, the start of what is now a national tradition.

Canon David Garland worked as a chaplain at the Enoggera Army Barracks during World War I and in the wake of climbing casualties from the war; Garland proposed a national day to honour the sacrifice of fallen soldiers in the Gallipoli landings,” Cr Quirk said.

Garland rallied the local community and in 1916, the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee of Queensland was established, with Garland serving as its secretary.

Garland created the framework for ANZAC Day commemorative services and worked tirelessly to gain military, religious, political, governmental, business and general community acceptance.

“In 1916, ANZAC Day was commemorated on 25 April for the first time and was marked by a wide variety of ceremonies and services in Australia, a march through London, and a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt.”

Cr Quirk said the new lawn was delivered in partnership with local groups, including Friends of Toowong Cemetery, the Canon Garland Memorial Society and Brisbane Ghost Tours and would commemorate Australia’s fallen heroes.


Image of Canon Garland Place storyboard being officially unveiled.
ABOVE: Brisbane Lord Mayor, Cr Graham Quirk, congratulates CGMS Vice-President, Ross Hielscher, after unveiling the Canon Garland Place storyboard on 5 November 2015. Looking on are Wishart Ward representative, Cr Krista Adams, and Toowong Ward representative, Cr Peter Matic.

“The location of Canon Garland Place bears great historical significance, with the space being the focus of Anzac Day commemorations until the completion of Queensland’s National Anzac Memorial, Anzac Square, in 1930,” Cr Quirk said.

“The lawn is located adjacent to ‘The Cross of Sacrifice’ and ‘The Stone of Remembrance’ which were unveiled in 1924, and funded through fundraising activities which Canon Garland established.

“Works have involved turfing the lawn, installing seating, new pathways and a commemorative storyboard plaque about Canon David Garland for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Cr Quirk has today also launched the Streets of Remembrance project, which will see the symbolic Rising Sun badge on almost 100 significant street signs throughout Brisbane.

“As we approach the 97th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I, our Streets of Remembrance will serve to acknowledge the historical significance of street names such as Anzac, Birdwood,  Gallipoli, Lone Pine, Monash, Heliopolis and Lemnos,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Rising Sun badge has become an integral part of the Digger tradition and the badge’s distinctive shape is commonly identified with the spirit of ANZAC.”

The Rising Sun badge will feature on 94 street signs in the following locations, with installation to occur by 11 November 2015:

  1. Anzac Avenue, Sandgate: 2 signs
  2. Anzac Lane, Moorooka: 1 sign
  3. Anzac Road, Carina Heights: 4 signs
  4. Birdwood Road, Carina Heights: 8 signs
  5. Birdwood Road, Holland Park West-Tarragindi: 5 signs
  6. Birdwood Street, Coorparoo: 3 signs
  7. Birdwood Street, Zillmere: 6 signs
  8. Birdwood Terrace, Auchenflower: 7 signs
  9. Birdwood Terrace, Toowong: 12 signs
  10. Gallipoli Road, Carina Heights: 13 signs
  11. Lone Pine Street, Enoggera: 3 signs
  12. Monash Court, Forest Lake: 1 sign
  13. Monash Place, Ferny Grove: 1 sign
  14. Monash Place, Fitzgibbon: 1 sign
  15. Monash Road, Tarragindi: 15 signs
  16. Heliopolis Parade, Mitchelton: 8 signs
  17. Lemnos Street, Nundah-Wavell Heights: 3 signs
  18. Lemnos Street, Red Hill: 1 sign

Cr Quirk said Council had carried out significant research for the Streets of Remembrance project and the roll-out of 94 signs was only the first phase of Streets of Remembrance, with timings and locations for future phases to be determined in the coming months.

“Streets of Remembrance is just one of Council’s diverse programs to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, including the specially-wrapped ANZAC CityCat, Walan, which depicts a squad of soldiers marching to the front as the run rises, and ANZAC bus depicting Toowong brothers James and Alexander Patterson, who served together at Gallipoli,” Cr Quirk said.

“Council committed $957,000 in 2014-15 to rehabilitate prominent war memorials in Yeronga, Hemmant, Mount Ommaney, East Brisbane, Nundah and Kenmore and carry out minor repairs and maintenance to other memorials – and we are now carrying out our usual maintenance including cleansing and tree trimming to ensure our memorials are looking their best for Remembrance Day.

“The third stage of the ANZAC Square restoration and enhancement project is also set to commence in late 2015 and will see The Shrine of Memories open to the public in time for ANZAC Day 2016.”
The ANZAC Square restoration and enhancement project is jointly funded by Council and the Queensland Government.

For more information, visit or phone (07) 3403 8888.



– from the Brisbane City Council Media Release issued at 12:09pm on 5 November 2015


‘Remembrance Day Family Concert’

A remembrance
and a celebration
– towards a review
of Canon Garland Memorial Society Incorporated

If you missed the evening outdoor concert at Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park on Remembrance Day 2016 (11 November) – preferring instead to sit in front of the idiot box – then you missed something truly beautiful and unique.

Imagine, if you will, a perfect evening with a light, warm breeze.

Imagine too, a view of a beautiful historic church surrounded by trees, set against a background of the lights of a modern metropolis.

In front is a simple porphyry memorial, recalling an important event in Australia’s history: the creation of ANZAC Day and the citizens of Queensland who were that national institution’s architects.

Is the background scene set for you?

No matter how big or advanced your TV is, it could not begin to replace the beauty and the feeling of the real thing.

On either side of Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins which, on this evening, had coloured laser lights playing on it, joyfully chasing each other across its surface like red and green fireflies, were two gazebos set up as stages.

The evening started with a welcome from Gabba Ward Councillor on Brisbane City Council, Jonathan Sri (or, as he likes to be referred to, “Jonno” ), being read out.

As it is short and right on the mark for the occasion, here it is in full:

“Dear neighbours, please accept my sincere apologies for not joining you tonight. Sadly I can’t be everywhere at once, and this time of year is particularly busy. I encourage you to treat tonight not just as a night of free entertainment, but as a chance to meet your neighbours and connect with other members of the community. When there’s a break in entertainment, take a moment to say hi to the people sitting around you and maybe strike up a conversation. Surely one of the most important messages of tonight’s event is that we’re all in this together, and we need to look out for one another. War is a terrible thing, and the story of Canon Garland is a reminder that we should never glorify or celebrate war, but must stand united against those who would seek to solve problems with violence, while we also remember with gratitude the sacrifice of those who work to maintain and protect our peaceful society. Have a great night.
Cheers, Jonno”

The performance was opened by “Sing Australia” a community-based choir – under the baton of Elizabeth Whittaker – who, having sung the National Anthem, then went on to perform songs that would have been familiar to the people celebrating Peace back in 1918.

The choir may be amateur, but their performance was strictly professional as some 30 people lifted their voices and filled the evening air with a number of pieces popular in the early part of the 20th Century in a medley – “Songs from the Trenches”.

They were followed by a solo performance by Robert Woodhouse, a “formidable” bass-baritone who gave us a song from almost a century ago and which is still popular today – “Danny Boy”, followed by as piece that was popular on both sides of the trenches, “Lili Marlene” and sung by the likes of Marlene Dietrich and Vera Lynn, which Robert sung in both German and English.

The Recliners then picked up the musical baton with a selection of their most popular pieces. This very polished, jazz quartet has obviously been playing together for some time, as the offerings of these four vibrant musicians fused into one.

The group is led by Vyvian Black (vocal, trumpet and blues harp), with Erik Van Der Weyden on bass guitar, Benjamin Drozdovskii on keyboard, and Brenainn Simpson on drums. I could wax lyrical about their performance, but suffice it to say that they have everything to make them great, except perhaps, as yet, sufficient publicity.

Many of you may well be unfamiliar with the original works of “Innessa”, a folk/pops/jazz singer as she is new to the Brisbane scene. This lady is definitely on her way to international fame.

Innessa enthralled the audience with songs of her own composition as well as some well known pieces such as “The Tennessee Waltz”Bésame mucho” and so on, performing the songs in Spanish, English and Russian. She was ably supported by Michael Goursky and Ben Drozdovskii.

Look out for any of her upcoming concerts and make sure you go and listen to her art.

The next performance was a premiere by “Russian Tunes”, by a trio consisting of Alla Exarkho, Galina Pavlova and Natasha Kromin, accompanied by Tania Keating (button accordion); Vladimir Krieger (piano accordion) and Vladis Kosse (mandolin). The ensemble gave the audience a series of Russian pieces, including the evergreen “Moscow Nights”.

Robert Woodhouse gave the audience a translation of the subject of the songs, making them more meaningful.

The amazing interplay of voices as they wove the melody when they harmonised, must simply be heard to be appreciated! The instrumentalist performed “On the Hills of Manchuria” (an instrumental solo), a piece that is probably played in every corner of the globe.

The amazing voice of Brisbane’s well known tenor, Gregori Scanlan, was a special treat for the audience as he performed popular pieces and finished his bracket with Schubert’s “Ave Maria”, which melded the sound and scenery into a really unforgettable experience. Truly: a magnificent voice which would be at home in any opera house or stage in any country.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the accompanist, Benjamin Drozdovskii. He virtually was the accompanist for every singer performance moving with beguiling ease from genre to genre doing what all great accompanists do – supporting the singer and keeping the attention on the performer: a mark of outstanding musician.

A special thanks goes to Cr Jonathan Sri, the Gabba Business Association, the parish of St. Mary’s Anglican Church and of course to the Canon Garland Memorial Society Incorporated for their support in giving the people of Brisbane a truly memorable evening.

Perhaps the sentiments expressed by Private Michael Joseph Flaherty, a soldier serving on the troop landing ship, HMAS Kanimbla, as he contemplated being demobbed at the end of the World War II, expressed the promise of Remembrance Day best:

“I look forward with the thought that mankind has, at last, realised the futility and brutality of war and that the peoples of the world can, at last, live peaceably and amicably together in a tolerant world free of aggression and persecution…
I, and thousands like me, have not put up with the discomforts and terrors of war to go back to the old Australia but a new, brighter and better Australia which will provide hope and promise for its people to lead a happy and productive life free of want.
This is the Australia I want to go back to and I want to feel pride that those who have fallen have not fallen IN VAIN.”



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Remembrance Day
Family Concert

6:30pm to 8:30pm, Friday, 11 NOVEMBER 2016

Won’t you join with us to celebrate the peace heralded by Armistice Day, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 at the end of the “War to End All Wars” – with a free, family-friendly concert featuring some of Brisbane’s loveliest voices and musicians under the stars in the park?

Canon Garland Memorial Society Incorporated, in association with Gabba Business Association and Councillor Jonathan Sri of Brisbane City Council’s Gabba Ward, is proud to announce its inaugural, community-based, free “Remembrance Day Family Concert” to celebrate freedom and harmony, to be held in Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, Main Street, Kangaroo Point, on Friday, 11 November 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Featuring some of Brisbane’s finest vocalists and musicians, this event is intended to be a gentle, family-oriented expression of joy for the gift of peaceful co-existence enjoyed and cherished by everyone who calls Australia “home”.

The line-up includes vocal ensemble, “The Sing Australia Choir” ; renowned tenor soloist, Gregori Scanlan, and baritone soloist, Robert Woodhouse, accompanied by pianist, Ben Drozdovskii ; jazz trio, The Recliners” ; Russian-born songstress, Innessa ; the “Russian Tunes” trio ; and soloists drawn from the Russian Folkloric Ensemble, Samotsvety” .

The family-friendly programme is as follows:


(“Danny Boy”, “Lili Marlene”)

(“I Will Fly”, “The Ash Tree — Yasen”)

(a selection of jazz numbers)

(“Chattanooga Choo Choo”, “If You Were the Only Girl in the World”,
“Over the Rainbow”, “Let There Be Peace On Earth”)

(“On the Hills of Manchuria”, “The Way You Were”, “Katusha”)

(“Old Man River”)

(“The Burnt Letter”, Ave Maria”, “Nella Fantasia”)

(“Moscow Nights”, “Oh, the Viburnum Blooms”, “Samovar”)

(a selection of jazz numbers)

(“Bring Him Home”, “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”,
“O God, 
Our Help in Ages Past”)

(a selection of jazz numbers)


image of the memorial


The performances will be staged in front of Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins, at the St Mary’s Anglican Church end of Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park. For directions see the map below.

This is planned as a strictly alcohol-free, family-friendly event.

Limited refreshments will be available at the venue. As the seating will be on the lawn, please remember to bring a blanket and a cushion to sit on!

For a PDF version of our 28 October 2016 Media Release, click on MARK I
For a PDF version of our 2 November 2016 Media Release, click on MARK II


Afterwards, let us know what you thought of the Remembrance Day Family Concert event and about the performers who so kindly donated their time and talents for your musical enjoyment.

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Canon Garland Place official unveiling

ABOVE: The Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Graham Quirk, congratulates CGMS Vice-President, Ross Hielscher, after the official unveiling of the Canon Garland Place storyboard, adjacent to The Stone of Remembrance and The Cross of Sacrifice in Toowong Cemetery, on the morning of Thursday, 5 November 2015. Looking on (at right) is Chairman of the Public and Active Transport Committee and Toowong Ward representative, Councillor Peter Matic, and beside Ross Hielscher is Councillor Krista Adams, Chairman of the Brisbane Lifestyle Committee and Wishart Ward representative. Camera crews from National Nine News, Seven News, Ten News and the ABC-TV attended the media event.


Council continues to honour ANZAC heroes

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will today unveil two major commemorative projects that honour Australia’s fallen war heroes ahead of Remembrance Day.

A new lawn at Toowong Cemetery will be opened and officially named after the ‘architect of ANZAC Day’, Canon David Garland.

Canon David Garland was the driving force behind ANZAC Day traditions and was responsible for creating the first ANZAC Day Service in 1916 as well as the ANZAC Badge that was sold to pay for the upkeep of soldier’s graves.

Cr Quirk will also unveil 94 new street signs that will feature the symbolic Rising Sun badge as a part of the Streets of Remembrance project.

The Streets of Remembrance project will serve to acknowledge the historical significance of street names such as Anzac, Birdwood, Gallipoli, Lone Pine, Monash, Heliopolis and Lemnos.

The Rising Sun badge has become an integral part of the digger tradition and the badge’s distinctive shape is commonly identified with the spirit of ANZAC

WHEN:          TODAY – 5 November 2015
TIME:            10:45am
WHERE:        Toowong Cemetery – see attached map
TALENT:       Lord Mayor Graham Quirk; Darcy Maddock, President of The Friends of Toowong Cemetery Incorporated; and Ross Hielscher, Vice-President of the Canon Garland Memorial Society Incorporated

Please advise if you are interested in attending.

Media Adviser
Office of the Lord Mayor
Brisbane City Council
Level 1, City Hall, King George Square
Brisbane Qld 4000

‘From Cloth to Khaki and Back’ Seminar

Image of Anzac Day The Immortal April 25th
Image of Flyer for Garland Lecture
ABOVE: The flyer for the Reverend Dr John Moses’s lecture about Canon David Garland, presented on 23 April 2014 at The Commissariat Store, Brisbane.

The “We Remember Concert”, 2015





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Image of Anzac Day The Immortal April 25th

ABOVE: The way ANZAC Day was represented to the readers of Brisbane newspaper,
“National Leader”. This art filled the 20 April 1917 edition’s front page. The inscription reads:

‘Oh, sweet and seemly so to die, indeed,
In the high flush of youth and strength and pride.
These are our martyrs, and their blood the seed
Of nobler futures. ’Twas for us they died.
Keep we their memory green.’

– From The Graves of Gallipoli in The Anzac Book.


Marking the centenary
of the first Commemoration
Service for those who fell
at Gallipoli


The people of Brisbane began a tradition of formally honouring the sacrifice of those who fell at Gallipoli only 46 days after the landings.

On 10 June 1915 a Requiem for the Fallen took place in St John’s Anglican Cathedral and now a century later, in a grassroots movement, the community is again gathering to mark this international milestone in music, song, readings and poetry.

Canon Garland Memorial Society (the “CGMS”) president, Dr Bill Glasson AO, said today that research revealed the city’s Commemoration for the Fallen was also the first Australian, and more than likely, the world’s first service of remembrance. “As such, it would make it a precursor to our ANZAC Day,” Dr Glasson said.

“This is supported by the leading authority on the origins of ANZAC Day, the Reverend Canon Dr John Moses.

“It was official because the King’s representative, the Governor, and most politicians as well as representatives of the Allies, the Consuls of the Imperial Russian and the French Republic, both attended the service in their official capacity.

“On 9 June, St John’s Cathedral and the Canon Garland Memorial Society will honour this tradition by presenting a free-to-the-public concert – a tribute in music – featuring some amazing choirs and soloists as well as poetry reading and reading of letters from the Front.”

Participating artists include The Cathedral Choir; members of The Brisbane Chorale; The Holy Annunciation Russian Orthodox Church choir; the Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra; several soloists – including the brilliant tenor, Gregori Scanlan; world-renowned organist, Andreij Kouznetsov; the opera-trained mezzo-soprano, Lyudmila Kelloway; and the supporting pianist will be Benjamin Drozdovskii.

It is expected that the evening event will be opened by Australia’s finest traditional didgeridoo player and a leading didgeridoo player in the classical world, Mount Isa-born William Barton, who is recently returned from an overseas tour.

Poetry reading and reading of letters from the Front will be done by the Dean of the St John’s Cathedral, Dr Peter Catt; CGMS president, Dr Bill Glasson AO; CGMS vice-president, Ross Hielscher; the Reverend Emeritus Canon Bruce Maughan, OAM RFD MACE; and the beloved doyen of Australian broadcasting, Howard Ainsworth.

The evening will finish with light refreshments and a display of photographs taken in the Middle East by the Architect of ANZAC Day, Canon David John Garland, whose favourite saying was “Nothing is Too Good for our Soldier Boys!”

When:    7.30pm, Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Where:  St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Ann Street, Brisbane
Cost:     Entry is free to the public
Contact:    CGMS Events Manager, Con Drozdovskii

You can also read back issues of “Coo-ee”, the Society’s newsletter on Facebook. Keep up to speed by checking out the Facebook events page.
* Artist unfortunately became unavailable to perform due to illness shortly before the scheduled appearance.


Canon Garland’s “Magic Lantern” Slides, 2015


The Centenary of
The Requiem for the Fallen Concert

at St John’s Cathedral
on 9 June 2015


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