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The museum of American General Douglas MacArthur, who led Allied forces in the Pacific during World War II from Brisbane, will be open for tours on Anzac Day on Thursday afternoon.

Brisbane Greeters offer walking tours of the MacArthur Museum in Edward Street from 12.30pm, as well as Anzac Square, the Battle of Brisbane riot sites and the statue of General Sir William Glasgow in the port office.

The office used by US General Douglas MacArthur at the MacArthur Museum in Brisbane.Credit: Nick Dent

The Battle of Brisbane is the name given to a two-day skirmish between US service personnel based in Brisbane and Brisbane troops and civilians on 26 and 27 November 1942, in which an Australian sapper was killed and hundreds were injured.

There were at least 80,000 American personnel in Brisbane and hotels and pubs were dedicated to the US war effort, schools were closed and electricity supplies were rationed to make weapons.

Ultimately, the frustration saw up to 5,000 people involved in 20 brawls each night where MPs with shotguns stood guard at locations between the top of Fortitude Valley and Brisbane's CBD.

The Brisbane Dawn Ceremony in Anzac Square begins at 4.28am, while the Anzac Day Parade along Adelaide Street between George and Creek Streets begins at 9.45am.

Mayor Adrian Schrinner encouraged people on Anzac Day to join the walking tours.

“These special Anzac Day Brisbane Greeters tours for families will be at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, along with special opening hours for the memorial galleries in ANZAC Square,” Schrinner said.

“Here, people can place a 'virtual poppy' online for those unable to attend the dawn service in person.”


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