Anzac Park is the last Anzac soldiers memorial site passed along Anzac Avenue before coming up on the Old Petrie Town roundabout when driving west along the main thoroughfare.
A re-dedication ceremony was held for the rejuvenated Anzac Park in August of 2015 to signify the centenary of WWI, ergo the erected Anzac monument inscribed vertically with the words ‘Anzac Park 1915 – 2015’.
The re-dedication ceremony was spearheaded by the Anzac Memorial Avenue Centenary Committee (AMACC) and Councillor David Dwyer (MBRC). This centennial event payed homage to the sacrifices made by WWI servicemen and women with the unveiling of a walkway, bunker and pole representing the VC Cross winners, an Anzac wreath laying ceremony and the planting of 2 lone pines by attending dignitaries.
A large, mosaic tile artwork was also revealed on the day and now takes pride of place as the centrepiece of the park - its vivid colours and imagery immediately draw your attention as you enter the park. Created by students from St Maria College, the artwork depicts Anzac soldiers marching across the Gallipoli shore.
Situated in the park is a plaque offering a brief overview of the history and purpose of Anzac Avenue. It reads;
The Anzac Memorial Avenue extended from Petrie to Redcliffe and its purpose was to honour the fallen soldiers of the First World War. Public interest in the contruction of better roads, the provision of one good road in the Brisbane Area and to provide employment opportunities for unemployed soldiers were additional reasons for the erection of the Avenue. The first Anzac Memorial Avenue Trees were planted outside the Petrie School of Arts by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Matthew Nathan in 1926. The two Palm Trees were donated by Mrs T. Petrie from the garden of 'Murrumba'. The Petrie Family home, some of the other trees planted along the avenue were supplied by the Acclimatisation Society Gardens in Lawnton. Lord Stonehaven, the Governor General spoke to the children at the First Tree Planting Ceremony at the Redcliffe end stating:
"I hope they will become the guardians of the trees that have been planted this afternoon and that they will treat these trees, and all the others that will be planted in the future, as living things, as friends, realising that they are guarding not only a Queensland Memorial, but one that will be recognised throughout Australia - A memorial to the men who gave their lives for their country."
This memorial park site is tucked almost out of view of Anzac Ave beside the railway line intersection. Access Anzac Park by turning down Petrie St, a small ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ side-street between Ruth Whitfield Memorial Park and the Tom Petrie Memorial next to the School of Arts, just before the Petrie roundabout.
Petrie St is accessible from either direction of travel.
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