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.
“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:
- Anzac Avenue, Sandgate: 2 signs
- Anzac Lane, Moorooka: 1 sign
- Anzac Road, Carina Heights: 4 signs
- Birdwood Road, Carina Heights: 8 signs
- Birdwood Road, Holland Park West-Tarragindi: 5 signs
- Birdwood Street, Coorparoo: 3 signs
- Birdwood Street, Zillmere: 6 signs
- Birdwood Terrace, Auchenflower: 7 signs
- Birdwood Terrace, Toowong: 12 signs
- Gallipoli Road, Carina Heights: 13 signs
- Lone Pine Street, Enoggera: 3 signs
- Monash Court, Forest Lake: 1 sign
- Monash Place, Ferny Grove: 1 sign
- Monash Place, Fitzgibbon: 1 sign
- Monash Road, Tarragindi: 15 signs
- Heliopolis Parade, Mitchelton: 8 signs
- Lemnos Street, Nundah-Wavell Heights: 3 signs
- 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 www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3403 8888.
– from the Brisbane City Council Media Release issued at 12:09pm on 5 November 2015