Shrine of Remembrance and Anzac Square

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Shrine of Remembrance and Anzac Square

The Shrine of Remembrance is located in ANZAC Square between Adelaide Street and Ann Street. Within it are the Shrine of Memories, dedicated to those who served in World War II.

Starting the tour

Start from Central Station.

Section 1:
Directions:

Turn left out of the station (main entrance) and walk down Ann Street for about 50m. Cross the road. Directly in front of you is the Shrine of Remembrance.

Stopover:

The Shrine of Remembrance is a war memorial dedicated to the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), which is the name used to refer to Australian soldiers who have served in every war Australia has been in, but most particularly the First and Second World Wars. Over 6000 Queenslanders served in the Second World War and this memorial particularly commemorates their service.

Built in the Greek Classic Revival style; it shrine has 18 sandstone columns to represent the declaration of peace. It was established at the time of The Great Depression. Within the shrine is the Eternal Flame; kept inside a brass urn. On ANZAC Day – 25th April – a dawn memorial service is held at the shrine. November 11th is Armistice Day, and wreaths are laid at the Eternal Flame.

Section 2:
Directions:

Follow the steps down, now you are standing in ANZAC Square.

Stopover:

The Boer War (1899-1902) soldier on horseback statue was moved from its original home outside Trades Hall and brought to ANZAC Square in 1939.

The memorial which depicts an Australian soldier from the Korean campaign – standing alongside an Australian soldier from the Malaya and Borneo campaign – , was established in 1988. The arm of one soldier is outstretched in a gesture of friendship

Section 3:
Directions:

Behind the stairs of the shrine is a subway; just through it on the left is the entrance to the Shrine of Memories (opening hours 9am-2.15pm)

Stopover:

The message left for us to ponder upon as we exit: ‘When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today’ (Queensland Cameron Highlanders Tribute)

Section 4:
Directions:

Exit the shrine the way you came and cross ANZAC Square. Cross the road over to Post Office Square.

Stopover:

Post Office Square was opened 5th April 1984, and consists of a food court, a pincnic/park area, shops, and various bars and restaurants.

The park area is popular with office workers during lunch; the food court on the lower level has a wide selection of food to choose from; including Thai, Japanese, salad stands, and so on. The restaurants on the upper level are swankier and pricier; busier in the evenings and weekends.

Section 5:
Directions:

As you exit Post Office Square on the other side; you will see the grand building that is the General Post Office directly in front of you. Turn right if you wish to get to Queen Street Mall (and perhaps do some shopping).

Stopover:

The General Post Office (261 Queen Street) is an Australia Post Building and is still in impressive condition when you consider it was built in 1872! Restoration commenced in the 1990s and the results are superb – it is by far one of the grandest post offices I have ever seen! This building was originally home to the Queensland Museum (now located at South Bank).

The architect who designed it was Francis Drummond Greville Stanley.

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