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 served, died, or suffered in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

Wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, you can stop and reflect this Remembrance Day with help from your voice assistant. To get started, just ask Amazon Alexa or your Google Assistant to "Ask Anzac Stories" and follow the prompts to hear Queensland war stories, place a poppy, or play The Last Post.

You can also visit Our Stories to learn about some of the Queensland heroes we’ll be honouring this Remembrance Day, including World War Two pilot and prisoner of war Flight Lieutenant Charles 'Digger' Fry (pictured), or keep reading to discover more ways to commemorate at home, work and in person.

Charles Fry, Flt Lt, 112 Fighter Squadron RAF, Egypt 1939

Image: Charles Fry, Flt Lt, 112 Fighter Squadron RAF, Egypt 1939, 31299 Charles Fry Correspondence, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
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People exploring the screens at the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries

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

Remembrance Day Tours

Join us during the week of Remembrance Day for a free, 45-minute guided tour of Anzac Square Memorial Galleries exploring the history, traditions, and Queensland war heroes that exemplify the Anzac Spirit and underpin this important day.

Some of the stories you'll hear on this special tour include Annie Wheeler (the Mother of Queenslanders) who supported soldiers abroad during World War I; the love affair between World War II flight lieutenant and prisoner-of-war Charles Fry and his sweetheart Beryl; and the bravery of Captain Andrew Craig OAM RAN (Rtd) who was deployed to Vietnam with No. 9 Squadron.

Book now to secure your place on this limited tour.

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Anzac Square staff in the World War I Gallery
Staff member placing a poppy at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries
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Staff member placing a poppy at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries

Ask Anzac Stories

Wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, you can stop and reflect this Remembrance Day with help from your voice assistant. It’s simple. Just ask Amazon Alexa or your Google Assistant to"Ask Anzac Stories"and follow the prompts for ways to commemorate.  

Once activated, Marto and Margaux from Triple M’s The Big Breakfast radio show will guide you through a selection of moving stories from State Library’s military collection. You can also listen to The Last Post and request a poppy be placed on your behalf inside Anzac Square Memorial Galleries 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. 

Couple

Image: James Wieneke and sister Edna photographed in Sydney during leave from service with 6th Division, September 1944, Negative number 116218, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
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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.

Learn about Remembrance Day traditions

The tradition of wearing a red poppy for remembrance has its origins during the First World War and was inspired by the fields of poppies that grew in the battle-ravaged fields of the Western Front. 

Learn more about Remembrance Day traditions.

Knitting socks for soldiers

Image: Knitting socks for soldiers, Negative number 151685, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
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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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