The book details how the origins of Anzac Day began in Queensland at the first meeting of Queensland's Anzac Day Commemoration Committee.
The book details how the origins of Anzac Day began in Queensland at the first meeting of Queensland's Anzac Day Commemoration Committee. Warren Lynam

Where to learn about the origins of Anzac Day

A RARE minute book responsible for first putting Anzac Day on the national calendar has been added to the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World register.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the minute book was being held by the State Library of Queensland.

The book details how the origins of Anzac Day began in Queensland at the first meeting of Queensland's Anzac Day Commemoration Committee.

"It contains the minutes of that first meeting in which it was agreed to hold an Anzac Day march on 25 April 1916,” Ms Enoch said.

"More than 57,000 Queenslanders enlisted in the First World War with many more being involved at home on some level.

"This book is of great importance as we continue to commemorate Anzac Day and pay tribute to the thousands of Australians who served in military operations, helping future generations understand their experiences during and after the First World War.”

Ms Enoch said this worthy addition to the register would inspire Australians to access the State Library's collections to learn more about Queensland's history.

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said the State Library was honoured to have these precious minutes placed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

"As custodian of Queensland's collective memory we are uniquely positioned to share the incredible stories of our state's past and present,” Ms McDonald said.

"The Anzac Day Commemoration Committee was the only organisation nationally committed to developing and promoting a template for Anzac Day observance.”

Ms McDonald said this minute book is one of a kind.

"Aside from its national significance, the minute book is a rich resource for researchers, historians and hobbyists, with a digitised version online for anyone to view through State Library's catalogue,” she said.