Memorial Galleries

Embark on an interactive journey from World War One to today inside the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries.

Curated by the State Library of Queensland, visitors to the refreshed exhibition can now delve deeper into Queensland’s war history than ever before, exploring the extraordinary true stories of courage, resilience, sacrifice and duty that underpin the Queensland war experience.

Admission is free.

Glass mural on display at Anzac Square

In 1984, the Anzac Square WWII Memorial Gallery space became home to a large-scale glass mural designed by Mr Don Ross, a former Brisbane dentist and artist.  Commissioned as a memorial to World War II, the mosaic contains over 140,000 small enamelled glass tiles and has been described as ‘an abstract and allegorical depiction of four male figures, alluding to death and redemption, and symbolic of the universal sacrifices of men in war’.

The mosaic remains an important memorial and part of Anzac Square’s history and is revealed and exhibited annually to coincide with the artist’s birthday in January. 

The Mosaic is currently on display from 15 – 26 Jan 2020 during the Memorial Galleries opening hours

 

Man using touch screen in World War I gallery, Anzac Square

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.

Man and women looking at light board in World War II Memorial Gallery

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.

Woman using touch screen in Post World War II Gallery

In this gallery you’ll hear more about Queensland’s role during times of war and peacekeeping, see how regional Queensland commemorates Anzac Day and view plaques from post-WWII battalions.  Take the time to leave a message to the fallen.