ANZAC Square - Brisbane War Memorial


Much of Queensland's memories of the war were laden in the ANZAC Square in Brisbane, a state memorial which name serves as a state memorial to the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, to the men and women who have lost their lives in the wars of the past. This place of serenity is located between Ann Street and Adelaide Street, against the busy city life of Brisbane.

The ANZAC Square contains the Shrine of Memories and is proliferated with statues of soldiers at war, from those who fought during the Second Boer War in South Africa to the Second World War to the Vietnam War. However, the most emotional and spine-tingling experience could happen to someone setting foot in the Shrine of Remembrance and the Eternal Flame on the 25th of April or ANZAC Day, with its structure built as a tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for motherland’s sake, a moment of reflection that will help history’s past fly forward to the present.

Being the dominant feature of the ANZAC Square, and is surrounded by pools and Bottle

trees the Shrine of Remembrance’s architecture is patterned in an enchanting Greek Classic Revival style, just like that of a 2300 year old Greek temple. Its columns are built of Helidon sandstone which stand on a three tiered base of Queensland granite, the same material used on the staircase that leads to it from the ANZAC Square.


Symbols of the First World War have been used extensively in the formation of the structure. The year when the war ended, 1918, or “The Year of Peace” was signified into two important aspects of the temple. The two sections of the staircase that lead to the Shrine vary in number:

ANZAC Square - Brisbane War Memorial

one has nineteen steps, the other has eighteen (the merger of the numbers would yield the figures 1918). The columns that surround the temple also numbered to eighteen, which also symbolizes the year. Other significations include the inscribed metal letterings inside the shrine which bear the

names of the major battles in World War I where Australians soldiers have fought. There are also glass panels where soil samples collected from battlefields on which Australian soldiers died and soils from war cemeteries. There is also the Eternal Flame housed

by a brass urn, which burns in memory of the departed soldiers.

Considered as the most solemn and striking event in the Shrine is the annual Dawn memorial service every 25th of April or ANZAC Day, wherein huge crowds participate to pay respect and lay wreaths at the Eternal Flame. Another memorial service serves as commemoration to the day the Shrine was dedicated: November 11, 1930 also known as Armistice Day.