About Us

ABOVE: The CGMS Committee at work. St Mary’s Anglican Church Parish Hall, Kangaroo Point, is our current meeting venue.

The Canon Garland Memorial Society (the “CGMS”) was formed as a result of a public meeting convened at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Hawthorne Street, Woolloongabba, on 9 July 2013.

Now in our fifth year, the original vision defined at our foundation has been mostly achieved and so, for a variety of factors, we are contemplating a new model of fellowship that will reset the way we continue beyond 2018.

Our original aims

Our Mission Statement was to fund, design and build Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins – accomplished at Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, Kangaroo Point, in inner-city Brisbane – by the 100th ANZAC Day, observed on 25 April 2016, for the following reasons:

  • To honour the pivotal role the Reverend Canon David John Garland OBE had in developing ANZAC Day as a public day of solemn commemoration of The Fallen;
  • To foster public awareness of the origins of the ANZAC Day observance;
  • And to be a fount of enduring recognition of David John Garland’s devotion and service to those who served in the Australian Defence Force, in time of war and peace, and through this to to honour and uphold the ANZAC Day tradition.

Kangaroo Point and not Woolloongabba?

In 1902 Canon Garland, then aged 38, was installed as Rector of South Brisbane Parish in the Church of England’s (now Anglican) Diocese of Brisbane.

The primary chapel in the parish then, as now, was Holy Trinity Church, which today is the hub of Woolloongabba Anglican Parish.

Next door as Kangaroo Point Parish, overseen until 1913, by the Reverend William Maitland Woods (1864-1927), a military chaplain to the Queensland Defence Force prior to the Federation of the States and Territories into the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January 1901.

Woods and Garland first met when both men were associated with the Diocese of North Queensland – the former as Rector of Thursday Island Parish and the latter as Archdeacon and Administrator of the Diocese, and Rector of Charters Towers Parish.

While the Priest-in-Charge of South Brisbane, Fr Garland resided in the Parish Rectory, “Moira”, located on River Terrace, Kangaroo Point, just a short stroll from historic St Mary’s Church, where Fr Woods was Rector.

In 1915 Padre Garland re-activated his military chaplaincy commission and assumed the honorary rank of chaplain Lieutenant-Colonel in the First AIF, agitating for the role of senior organising chaplain at Brisbane’s sprawling Enoggera Army Base, the training camps of the 1st Military District and its numerous Queensland-raised battalions.

Chaplain Woods, in August that year, sailed on the troopship, HMAT A54 “Runic”, to commence his Great War-long association with the ANZAC troops fighting in the Middle East campaigns across Egypt, Syria and Palestine.

Padre Garland in 1917 followed Padre Woods to the Holy Lands, bringing with him a handsome purse of funds raised via the annual Lavender Day Appeal to further the work of chaplaincy among the men and women of the First AIF, targeting the establishment of hostels and respite services.

During this time Canon Garland was bedding down and tirelessly advocating for the format and substance of solemn, non-sectarian and civilian-run ANZAC Day observances for every 25th day of April.

At the outset Canon Garland Memorial Society explored the possibility of erecting “Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins” in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, but when the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park site – bordering the historic St Mary’s Anglican Church – became available, the symbolism of bringing the civic and secular connections between Reverend Woods and Canon Garland, as well as the spot’s astonishing ambience and visual amenity made it an obvious and logical home.

With the Memorial being clad in similar porphyry (“Brisbane tuff”) stone to that with which St Mary’s Church itself is built, the effect invokes a sense of ANZAC Day having sprung from the bedrock on which the City of Brisbane itself built – on publicly-owned land straddling the secular world and the non-secular, just like Canon Garland in his lifetime of service to God, Country and Empire.

And this is singularly appropriate as the citizens of the City of Brisbane gave ANZAC Day to the world.

The CGMS hopes Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins will forever stand as a civilian expression of the honour and gratitude owed to all the sons and daughters of Australia who have answered their country’s call in time of war and peace.

Our status

Our Society is a community-based, not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation incorporated under Model Rules and registered with the Queensland Government’s Office of Fair Trading and the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

Our most recent Annual General Meetings was convened on Thursday, 28 September 2017, inside the historic St Mary’s Church Parish Hall, Kangaroo Point.

A highlight was the viewing of The Canon Garland Digital Story.

All meetings are conducted in line with the Office of Fair Trading’s Model Rules.

Current committee:
(2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018)

Dr William Glasson AO – President
Mr Ross Hielscher – Vice-President
Mr Peter Collins – Secretary and Online Curator
Mr Gordon Appleby – Treasurer
Mr Constantine Drozdovskii – Events Co-ordinator
The Reverend Canon Emeritus Bruce Maughan OAM RFD GCSJ MMSJ MACE
Mr Robert Glazebrook
Mr David Murray
Ms Suzanne Bosanquet – Gabba Business Association Incorporated
Mr Darby Ashton – The Naval Association of Australia Incorporated (Sandgate Sub-Section, Honorary President)

Our meetings

Having completed our primary mission of seeing Canon Garland Memorial – ANZAC Day Origins to fruition, the CGMS Management Committee meets quarterly.