Anzac Day in Brisbane

On Anzac Day each year we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. 25 April marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

In 2020, Anzac Day celebrations were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Brisbane City dawn service held in Anzac Square and the Brisbane City Anzac Day Parade were cancelled. The Anzac Square Memorial Galleries were also and still remain closed.

Anzac Day commemorative service

The Australian War Memorial held a private Anzac Day commemorative service at 5.30am, which was televised nationally and streamed online. Visit Australian War Memorial for details.

Light up the dawn

RSL Queensland encouraged those who would like to recognise the day, to light up the dawn by standing in their driveway, on their balcony or in their living room to remember those who have served and sacrificed.

RSL Queensland also made an online commemorative service available in audio format for residents to use in their own homes.

Make poppies

Get crafty and create a beautiful poppy wreath at home. 

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Learn to make paper poppies.

Make a poppy wreath.

Cut a ring out of card to use as the base.

Paint the ring green and set aside.

Cut a 2cm x 12cm strip of black card. Cut narrow strips into the card.

Run a line of craft glue or hot glue along the edge. Note: kids, remember to get an adult's help if you're using hot glue. Roll it to glue it together. Gently tease out the strips.

Cut red crepe or craft paper. Fold in half 3 times. Draw 2 petal shapes. Cut out the petals.

Fold the base of the petal and glue it on. Glue on another 3 petals. Fold the petals around the base.

When you have enough poppies, glue them to the base.

Make large free-standing poppies

Cut a 3cm x 24cm piece of black card. Cut narrow strips into the card.

Cut a piece of white card half the length of the black. Cut narrow strips into it.

Glue them together with craft glue or hot glue. Note: kids, remember to get an adult's help if you're using hot glue. 

Run glue along the white section. Roll it around green florist's wire. Tip: you can use a skewer or a twig if you don't have wire. Glue in sections and keep rolling until finished.

Cut a strip of red crepe or craft paper. Fold it twice lengthwise. Then fold it once sideways. Draw half a petal and cut it out.

Tease open the strips on the centre piece.

Fold the case of the petal and glue it onto the wire. Repeat three times.

Fold open the petals of the poppy.

Quick and easy Anzac biscuits

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for baking some tasty ANZAC Biscuits at home.

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Bake Anzac biscuits.

Line a baking tray and preheat over to 180 degrees.

Add 1 cup raw sugar, 90 grams golden syrup, 150 grams unsalted butter to a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until butter melts. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add 1 cup plain flour, 1 1/4 cups rolled oats, 1 1/4 cups desiccated coconut and a pinch of salt to a bowl. Mix together.

Add half a teaspoon of bi-carb soda to the butter mix, plus 1 tablespoon of water. Mix together.

Pour the butter mix into the oats. Mix together.

Roll into walnut sized balls. Place on a lined baking tray. Flatten the biscuits slightly. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden. Cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then move to a wire rack to fully cool.

Streets of Remembrance

Brisbane City Council is proud to commemorate the spirit of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) through the Streets of Remembrance project.

Since launching this unique project in 2015 to honour the Anzac centenary, Council has placed the Australian Defence Force Rising Sun badge and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) badge on streets which share the same names as people, places or events of historical significance to the ANZAC campaign from 1915. Find out more.

More information

To learn more and reflect on our Anzac legacy, visit State Library of Queensland’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation project

Last updated: 27 April 2020