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The Bravery Garden

Then Governor-General Sir William Deane had the idea for the Bravery Garden after a trip to Gallipoli in 1999.

He vision was for a commemorative garden in the grounds of Government House to honour the bravery of Australians.

A dark marble plinth with the words 'in memory of all those whose bravery cost them their lives and in acknowledgement of the loss suffered by their loved ones'

The Bravery Garden is used for commemorative events by the Australian Bravery Association, at appropriate times during the year to recognise the courage and valour of people who, faced with danger, chose to help someone in need, and as a place of quiet reflection

The central feature are five plinths arranged in the shape of the Southern Cross.

Plantings include a Rosemary bank, Ornamental Pears and a mixture of Australian and New Zealand plants. In August 2014 a hedge of Gallipoli Centenary Roses, chosen to commemorate the Gallipoli Centenary in 2015 was added, with the first planting carried out by Lady Cosgrove, the wife of Sir Peter Cosgrove. The Gallipoli Centenary Rose is an initiative of the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee QLD Inc.

Watch Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of the 27th Governor-General, and members of the horticulture team talk about the Bravery Garden.

The Bravery Garden was constructed on what was originally a croquet lawn. The lawn was put in prior to 1900. 

An aerial shot of Government House, taken in 1941 showing the croquet line
An aerial shot taken in 1941.