Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk looks back at our city’s involvement in World War I and the many men and women who served in Gallipoli. 

  • Brisbane has a proud and rich ANZAC history and this year the city will come together to mark the Centenary of ANZAC.  
  • As a whole, Australia played a large role in WWI and many young men and women from Brisbane served during the war.
  • The Patterson family from Toowong had five sons enlist in the Australian armed forces between 1914 and 1918, including 18 year old twins Alexander and James.
  • Alexander and James Patterson were assigned to the 15th Battalion and served together at Gallipoli, even sharing the same dugout.
  • Subsequent to Gallipoli they both went the Northern France.

  • Sadly Alexander was killed in battle in 1916 and was posthumously awarded the Military Medal for ‘conspicuous bravery’.
  • James suffered a second war injury in France having firstly being injured at Gallipoli.
  • To honour the Patterson brother’s memory and other local Brisbane heroes, Council recently launched a commemorative bus and CityCat.  
  • The designs include a poppy for remembrance, a squad of soldiers marching to the front as the sun rises and the Patterson twins.
  • These designed wraps are intended to honour the ANZAC spirit in Brisbane.
  • You will be able to see the CityCat travelling up and down the river and the bus will be visible on city streets.
  • People are also invited to join any of the 100th commemoration services on 25 April.
  • A Dawn Service will be held at the Shrine of Remembrance in ANZAC Square commencing at 4.28am.
  • To find a local service in your area, please visit the Queensland RSL Website at
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