Commemorate Remembrance Day

Who will you stop to remember? 

On 11 November, at 11am, millions of Australians will join in observing one minute’s silence to commemorate Remembrance Day – a quiet moment held in recognition of those who have died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. 

Visit Our Stories to meet some of the Queensland heroes, past and present, we’ll be honouring this Remembrance Day, or discover more Remembrance Day traditions and ways to commemorate at home and in person. 

Man standing in front of memorial plaque at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries

Image: Man Standing in Front of a Plaque Commemorating The Pacific Islands Regiment, Memorial Galleries, ANZAC Square, Adelaide Street, Brisbane (2019): Remembrance Day Ceremony Photographs, 2019.
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Visit Anzac Square Memorial Galleries 

Embark on an interactive journey from the First World War to today inside Anzac Square Memorial Galleries – a free exhibition, curated by State Library of Queensland. 

Located beneath the Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane CBD, the Memorial Galleries will be open from 10am to 4pm for patrons wishing to explore the exhibition or place a poppy in honour of Queensland-associated battalions, regiments and other units this Remembrance Day. 

Plan your visit

St Peter's Girls Guild horsedrawn float taking part in Armistice Day Peace Parade

Image: St Peter's Girls Guild horsedrawn float taking part in Armistice Day Peace Parade, Townsville, Queensland, 11 November, 1918
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Ask Anzac Stories

Wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, you can set a virtual reminder to stop and reflect this Remembrance Day with help from your voice assistant.  

It’s simple. Just say “Ask Anzac Stories” using Amazon Alexa or your Google Assistant and follow the prompts to schedule a minute’s silence on your device.  

You can also request a poppy be placed on your behalf inside Anzac Square Memorial Galleries and listen to stories from the armed forces through this award-winning program. 

Accessing Anzac Stories is simple. To start:

  • Say ‘Ask Anzac Stories’ using Amazon Alexa or your Google Assistant and follow the prompts to hear a selection of stories from veterans retold from letters and diaries. 
  • Say ‘Place a Poppy’ for the team at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries to place a poppy in an Anzac Square gallery of your choice.
  • Say ‘Listen to the Last Post’ to observe a minute’s silence.

If you don’t already have an Alexa or Google Assistant-enabled device, you can still access the service by downloading the Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant app onto your smart phone.

Contribute to the collection 

Help State Library document the story of Queensland by sharing your heartfelt memories with us in Explorer. You can tag and comment on existing State Library collection items related to Queensland’s war history… or add your own story! We would love to learn more about who you’ll stop to remember this Remembrance Day. 

To access Explorer:  

  1. log in and create an account  

  2. click on the ‘Remembrance Day in Queensland’ photo set 

  3. To upload your own Remembrance Day photos, click on any image within the set to see the upload option. 

Read

State Library has transcribed newspaper articles which provide a unique insight into Remembrance Day celebrations across Queensland. These articles allow you to learn more about the commemorations, and Australia’s experience of war. This collection is accessible via Trove

The Anzac Square team have also curated a list of eBooks, blogs and personal collections relating to Remembrance Day. To access these resources simply become a member of the State Library of Queensland. eBooks, blogs and personal stories relating to Remembrance Day can be accessed via One Search.

Research your family

Learn more about your family’s war history by searching for war service records through the National Archives of Australia. Explore the collections here.

State Library has digitised soldier portraits in The Queenslander and made them available online through our One Search catalogue. The best way to search for a soldier is by surname, including the word 'soldiers' in your search terms, and limiting your search to SLQ Collections.

Share your memories

Don't forget to share your Remembrance Day with us by using the hashtags #AnzacSquare and #RemembranceDay2021 on social media. 

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