April 25 of each year marks the day on which Australians remember the sacrifice of those who died in the war.
On April 25 1915, Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli to carry out what had been planned as a bold move to remove Turkey from the war. This campaign quickly became a stalemate and dragged out for eight months, during which more than 8,000 Australian soldiers died. Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home and left a lasting legacy for Australia.
At 6am on 25 April 1930, it is recorded that Padre White celebrated a dawn Eucharist commemorating Anzac Day. After wreaths were laid at the nearby war memorial it is believed Padre White along with the congregation, proceeded up a bush track to the top of Mount Clarence where an observance took place if a boatman laying a wreath in King George Sound. While there are differing accounts of the date of the first Australian dawn service, it is certain that Padre White contributed to this Anzac tradition.
Each year Albany holds a traditional Anzac Day dawn service at the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, followed by an Anzac Day RSL troop march and commemorative service.
To view a full program of commemorative events and for frequently asked questions, download a copy of our event guide: Anzac Day Guide