Across the Central Station pedestrian subway is the Post World War II Memorial and Exhibition Gallery, beautifully restored and showcasing the original hand-cut palfrey stone retaining wall adjoining Ann Street.
This light and spacious gallery houses a large video wall featuring images of Queensland commemoration from the early 1900s to today. From Anzac Day parades down the decades to the memorials to the fallen found in almost every town across the state, these images reveal how we have commemorated the service and sacrifice of Queenslanders from Federation to now.
A large five-screen touch wall invites visitors to discover the history and nature of Queensland involvement in war and peacekeeping since 1945. The dynamic and engaging design encourages multiple users so visitors can explore different elements simultaneously.
These elements include videos of six Queensland men and women talking about their military experiences, an interactive timeline which activates a large world map in surprising ways, and a quiz to test your knowledge of Australia’s involvement in war and peace.
Since its inception, Anzac Square was intended to be a place of respect and reflection, where Queenslanders could gather to commemorate the service and sacrifice of men and women from all over the state. As they leave the Post World War II Gallery, visitors are invited to ponder the question -How do you remember?
Royal Australian Corps of Signals
The Royal Australian Corps of Signals is responsible for installing, maintaining and operating all types of telecommunications and information systems in the Australian Defence Force. They were initially formed in 1906 with the inception of the Commonwealth Forces and then received Royal assent in 1948. Their motto is “Swift and Sure”, signifying their aim for communication to be carried out with maximum speed and certainty.
South Vietnamese Armed Forces & Allies
Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War started in July 1962 with the arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in South Vietnam. By the time the war ended with the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975, almost 60,000 Australians had served in Vietnam. Between 1975 and 1995 some 90,000 Vietnamese refugees were processed in Australia. Today Vietnamese-Australians are one of the largest communities in multicultural Australia.
British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (Australian Contingent)
The British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) was the Commonwealth task force consisting of Australian, British, Indian and New Zealand military forces that occupied Japan from 1946 to 1952. Around 16,000 Australian soldiers served with the BCOF, helping to maintain military control in the region and enforce Japan’s terms of surrender.
Other Memorial Galleries
Start your journey inside the World War I Memorial Crypt, filled with ornate plaques and stories honouring the service and sacrifice of Queensland-associated battalions, regiments and other units.
Your passage through history continues inside the World War II Gallery, where visitors can explore the Queensland war experience and collection items on large interactive touchscreens, and take the time to view the plaques honouring a range of battalions.