Commemorate Remembrance Day

On 11 November 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing an end to the First World War.

Each year on this day - Remembrance Day - Australians pay tribute to the men and women who have served (and continue to serve) in our defence forces and recall those who have died or suffered in conflicts, wars, and peacekeeping operations.

In Queensland, the annual Remembrance Day ceremony held around the Shrine of Remembrance will be closed to the public to comply with COVID-safe practices, however, there are still meaningful ways to pay your respects.

Commemorate Remembrance Day at home, online and in person at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries with a variety of resources curated by State Library of Queensland.

Find out more about Remembrance Day traditions

Armistice Procession, Brisbane, 1918

Image: Armistice Procession, Brisbane, 1918
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Onsite

Explore the full extent of Queensland’s war experience inside the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries – a free exhibition located beneath the Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane CBD.

Visiting the galleries in person is a great way to explore State Library’s digital collection of stories, letters, photographs and historical artefacts. Our friendly Visitor Services team are there to enrich your experience and answer any questions you might have about the collection.

Visitors to the Square are welcome to leave an enduring symbol of remembrance - such as a poppy or message inside the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries - to honour Queensland-associated battalions, regiments and other units.

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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Anzac Stories

Listen to State Library’s award-winning program of voice-activated letters and diaries written by our servicemen and women. Just ask Amazon Alexa or your Google Assistant to “Launch Anzac Stories”.

To help you commemorate from home, the team at Anzac Square can also place a poppy on your behalf in the gallery of your choice.

Accessing VP Day Stories is simple, just say any of the below phrases to your voice assistant:

  • Say ‘Launch Anzac Stories’ to hear a selection of stories from veterans retold from letters and diaries.
  • Say ‘Place a Poppy’ for the team to place a poppy in a gallery of your choice at Anzac Square.
  • 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.

The technology for the project has been developed right here in Queensland with Coolum Beach based software start-up, Alkira, a recipient of the Advance Queensland Ignite fund.

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.

Watch

Watch the Australian War Memorial’s televised Remembrance Day service on ABC iView.

Sign up for free State Library membership, log into the Kanopy database, create a Kanopy account and start your film journey today. The Anzac Square team has created a Remembrance Day playlist for you of films and documentaries on Australia’s involvement in world wars.

Listen

Listen to Prime Minister Paul Keating’s moving 1993 Remembrance Day speech when the remains of the unknown soldier were returned home and interred within the Australian War Memorial. Read the transcript.

Explore

Online visitors can also help document the story of Queensland by tagging and commenting on State Library collection items, as well as preserving their own memories by uploading personal images and stories of war through Explorer.

Make

During WWI, Australians knitted over 1 million pairs of socks for soldiers serving overseas. You can knit your own socks using these patterns published in the Queenslander:

Search

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

Don't forget to share your Remembrance Day experience with us by using the hashtags #RemembranceDay2020 and #AnzacSquare on social media.

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