ANZAC Square is a heritage-listed town square located between Ann Street and Adelaide Street (opposite Post Office Square), in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is a state memorial to the men and women who participated in overseas armed service and is named in honour of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
ANZAC Square contains the Shrine of Remembrance and the ‘Eternal Flame of Remembrance’ held in a continuously lit The external wall of the Shrine of Memories is dedicated to the 60,000 Queenslanders who fought in World War I.
There are also war-related statues, for various wars, including memorial statues for the Queensland soldiers who fought during the Second Boer War (1899–1902), as well as World War II, the Vietnam War and campaigns in Korea, Borneo and New Guinea.bronze urn, dedicated on Tuesday, 11 November 1930
Some of the symbolism used are as follows:
- the 18 columns of the Shrine represent the year of peace after World War 1—1918.
- also symbolizing the year (1918) are the number of stairs leading up to the shrine—19 stairs in the first row and 18 stairs in the second row.
- the bottle trees commemorate the Queensland Light Horse Regiments, which served in South Africa’s Boer War (1899–1902).
- the palm trees are Middle East date palms and they represent Australia’s success in the Middle East during both World Wars. Palms are also a biblical symbol of victory.
- The Second Boer War Statue… literally “Second Freedom War”) was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902 by the United Kingdom against the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free State. The British war effort was supported by troops from all over the British Empire. The war ended in victory for Britain and the annexation of both republics.