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We are proud to support Queenslanders as they commemorate the centenary of the First World War from 2014 to 2018.

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Remember our Anzacs

When: Saturday 30 September 2017, 10am–4pm

Where: South Bank Piazza, South Bank Parklands

Visit the South Bank Piazza before Riverfire on Saturday 30 September 2017 to learn more about Australia’s involvement in First World War battles like Polygon Wood and Beersheba.

At this free event, you can write a message of support to current serving Australian men and women, see horses and riders in military uniforms from 100 years ago, enjoy live music, and watch historic re-enactment performances. Children will also enjoy Anzac-themed crafts, including badge and poppy making.

It’s a family friendly day and a fun way of learning about our important military history.

Proudly presented by the Queensland Government.

Remembering our Anzacs

Photo by Tony Phillips.

100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba

The Australian Light Horse demonstrated exemplary courage, dedication and ingenuity when they charged the trenches and captured the town during the Battle of Beersheba. One hundred years on, we commemorate how these incredible men and their horses changed the tide in the Middle East during the First World War.

Commemorative ride

When: 19–23 September 2017

Where: Barcaldine, Ilfracome, Longreach and Winton

Throughout September, the Queensland Mounted Infantry Historical Troop (QMIHT) will honour the Australian Light Horse with a series of commemorative activities throughout central west Queensland.

A 100-strong contingent of riders and horses will travel a 288km route from Barcaldine to Winton, stopping at Ilfracombe and Longreach.

Date and time Town Event and Time
Tuesday 19 September
Barcaldine Mounted street parade and memorial service at the Barcaldine War Memorial Clock Tower.
Tuesday 19 September
Ilfracombe Mounted street parade through the centre of town and a march pass at the Ilfracombe War Memorial.
Wednesday 20 September
Longreach Memorial service, mounted street parade and opening of the Beersheba Place memorial at the Longreach Botanic Walkway.
Wednesday 20 September
Longreach Mounted street parade from the Showgrounds through town to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
Thursday 21 September
Winton A re-enactment of the historic charge of Beersheba at the Winton Outback Festival Sunset Extravaganza Dinner.
Saturday 23 September
Winton Mounted street parade in collaboration with the Winton Outback Festival’s Grand Parade Spectacular.

Visit QMIHT to learn more about this historic event.

Ceremonies and re-enactments for Queensland school children

When: Tuesday 31 October

Where: Australian Outback Spectacular, Oxenford

On the 100th anniversary of the historic charge, over 1500 school children from South East Queensland will attend a commemorative event, where they will be treated to excerpts from Salute to the Light Horse performance, a dramatic retelling of the events at Beersheba.

In addition to the remarkable horses and talented performers of the Australian Outback Spectacular, the performance will include educational interviews with descendants of Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel and a special commemorative ceremony. It will be an informative and memorable experience, giving many Queensland children an Anzac story to share among family and friends.

While these commemorative ceremonies are closed events, the general public is welcome to purchase tickets to the standard Salute to the Light Horse performances.

Freedom of entry parade with 80 military vehicles through Brisbane

When: 28 October 2017, 10am

Where: Adelaide Street, Brisbane

On 28 October, the current 2nd / 14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) will exercise their right to Freedom of Entry to the City of Brisbane. The ceremonial parade is the most honourable distinction that a city may bestow on a contingent of the Australian Defence Force.

For those on the sidelines, it’s set to be a spectacular event involving 80 military vehicles including four M1A1 Abrams tanks—the first time these massive armoured machines have ever been in Brisbane.

After an inspection by the Lord Mayor at 10am outside King George Square, the parade will power along Adelaide Street, ultimately ending at Little Stanley Street in South Brisbane. There, from 11am, a selection of vehicles will be open to the public as part of a family fun day organised by RSL Queensland.

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Last updated
14 September, 2017

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