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Location Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, 461 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane - Queensland, Australia
Type memorial

Natural stone wall with brass plaques and wreath

Built Dr. Rhyl K Hinwood A.M.
Opened 22 April 2016

Born : Dublin, 1864. Arrived : Australia, 1886 Died : Brisbane, 1939.

`Architect of ANZAC Day`

Canon Garland designed Queensland`s first ANZAC Day services from 1916 onwards combining civic ceremonies, soldiers` marches, hymns, resolutions, the ode, a minute`s silence, the National Anthem and the Last Post. This format was adopted throughout Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. His organisational flair influenced the building and design of war memorials such as Brisbane`s Stone of Remembrance and Cross of Sacrifice in Toowong Cemetery, and the ANZAC Square Memorial, the focal point of Brisbane`s ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day observances.

Clergyman and servant of the soldiers

David Garland served first as a Deacon in New South Wales, then as a priest in Western Australia and in Queensland where he championed religious instruction in government schools, and indigenous welfare. During the Boer War he was chaplain to volunteer troops training in Fremantle. In 1915 he organised chaplaincy service to First AIF recruits based in Brisbane. From 1917 to 1919, he was chaplain among ANZAC troops in the Middle East where he established eight respite hostels with the funds from the Soldiers` Church of England Help Society that he founded. At home, he set up hostels for returned soldiers and promoted public health, immigration schemes and ethnic integration, This much loved and innovative priest was the Rector of the Parish of Ithaca in Brisbane, centred on St. Barnabas` Church Red Hill, from 1921 to 1939.

Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins

To Honour The Queensland Citizens Who Pioneered ANZAC Day
In Solemn Commemoration Of The fallen

The Wreath, with its wattle, silver fern and riband, symbolises the bonds between Australia and New Zealand, affirmed each year on the 25th day of April.

Officially unveiled and dedicated by the Administrator of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, on the 22nd day of April, 2016.

The Lord Mayor of Brisbane, the Right Honourable Cr. Graham Quirk, accepted the memorial on behalf of the people of Brisbane.

Canon Garland Memorial Society Incorporated commissioned this memorial. Sculptor : Dr. Rhyl K Hinwood AM
Funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, sponsorships and donations from the community.

Canon Garland Memorial
- ANZAC Day Origins
was generously sponsored by

St Nicholas` Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Woolloongabba Business Association
Anglican Church Grammar School
Heritage Bank
George Hartnett Funerals
Russian Australian Representative Council
Hellenic Community & the Panorea family

Right Side Inscription
ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee of Queensland

The ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee, created in Brisbane on the 10th day of January 1916, acknowledges the contribution of Canon David John Garland, OBE - the inaugural ADCC Honorary Secretary - to the establishment of ANZAC Day, which has since been enshrined in Australian and New Zealand history and folklore as the day of commemoration for all men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice for their country in all the theatres of conflict.

Its first charter : - "That the heroic conduct of Queensland`s troops at Gallipoli deserves fullest recognition, the anniversary of the landing be the date for commemoration in Queensland, and that other Governments be invited to adopt similar commemoration protocols and legislation."

This Committee tirelessly advocated a uniform, nationwide day devoted to solemn commemoration. Due to these efforts the Queensland Parliament, in 1921, passed the legislation for the public observance of ANZAC Day.

Many outstanding Queensland citizens have served on the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee and it has always been maintained by the citizens as a gift of the people to perpetuate the solemn remembrance of the first ANZAC Day and forever honour the Spirit of ANZAC displayed as comradeship, courage, teamwork and self - sacrifice.




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GARLAND, David John

Captain (Chaplain 4th Class)
Born 4 Oct 1864

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