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Anzac Albany Places of Interest

The City of Albany and surrounds are rich in Anzac history. A walk down York Street, in the centre of the City, leads to the ANZAC Peace Park and the Pier of Remembrance, both of which are located adjacent to the Albany Entertainment Centre.

Mt Adelaide is the site of the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum and is the site for the new National Anzac  Centre. The Forts Museum is a treasure trove of military history, with a focus on the 10th Lighthorse Regiment. The National Anzac Centre will be a commemorative and beautiful place where visitors can reflect on the history and sacrifices of WW1. Mt Adelaide is overlooked by Mt Clarence, home to the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial and the Padre White lookout.

Both Mt Adelaide and Mt Clarence overlook the Atatürk Channel and offer a breathtaking view of King George Sound, where the original Convoy ships were anchored.

Anzac Albany Places of Interest

The City of Albany and surrounds are rich in ANZAC history. A walk down York Street, in the centre of the City, leads to the ANZAC Peace Park and the Pier of Remembrance, both of which are located adjacent to the Albany Entertainment Centre.

Mt Adelaide is the site of the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum and is the site for the new National Anzac Centre. The Forts Museum is a treasure trove of military history, with a focus on the 10th Lighthorse regiment. The National Anzac Centre will be a commemorative and beautiful place where visitors can reflect on the history and sacrifices of WW1. Mt Adelaide is overlooked by Mt Clarence, home to the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial and the Padre White lookout.

Both Mt Adelaide and Mt Clarence overlook the Ataturk Channel and offer a breathtaking view of King George Sound, where the original Convoy ships were anchored.

Princess Royal Fortress

Princess Royal Fortress

Princess Royal Fortress

Forts Road, Mt Adelaide. Albany, W.A 

The Forts Museum was opened in 1893 as the first federal defence of Australia and was funded by all the States of Australia, prior to the Federation Act in 1901.

The Forts Museum houses the Albany Barracks and the Princess Royal Battery, the Military Heritage Centre, the Ellam-Innes Collection (extensive collection of war memorabilia of the 11th Battalion and the 10th Light Horse regiments), Underground Magazine, Repository Store and Caretaker’s Cottage, Artillery Display, Torpedoes and more.

The Forts Museum is also home to the SE Asia Memorial, US Submariners Memorial and Merchant Navy Memorial.

Because of its significance in military terms – the various memorials are unique in the region, the site now receives over 20,000 visitors per year.

On the Thursday 2 January 2014 the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum will be  recreating one of Albany’s historic military moments by holding its annual “Albany Gun Salutes” with their nine pound gun. These salutes are to commemorate the first time they were fired in 1893.

Being part of the inititial armament of the forts, six ‘nine-pounders’ were delivered to Western Australia and distributed throughout the colony. Two stayed in Albany and were fired on May 24th 1893 to mark Queen Victoria’s birthday.

In recent years the gun has been restored back to workable order and have been used to mark several ceremonial occassions and yearly public demonstrations that give many visitors to Albany a look and feel of what it is like to fire one of these gun. In 2011 a new Artillery Shelter was built with funds from Lotterywest and was officially opened to mark the day. Over recent years the City’s “Albany Gun Salute” season have attracted many visitors and have developed into a “must see” event on the calendar.

Also in 2011 the Artillery Programme recognised with the Forts being a finalist in the Western Australian Heritage Awards 2011 in the category of Interpretation. Having restoring the guns back to workable order, building the Artillery Shelter and the development of our education program a better understanding of how the guns work “It was a honour to be a finalist in the awards and even though we did not win the recognition was reward enough for all the staff and volunteers over the years who work and help develop what we have on show,” Curator David Theodore said.

Desert Mounted Corps Memorial

Desert Mounted Corps Memorial

Mt Clarence Memorial Precinct. Albany, W.A

Large gum trees line the Avenue of Honour on Apex Drive — the road to the top of Mt Clarence. At the base of each tree is the name of a soldier lost at war.

The Desert Mounted Corps Memorial which stands at the end of a series of steps starting from the lower carpark of Mt Clarence is a recast of the original statue erected at Suez in 1932. The granite blocks are the originals from Suez and bullet marks can still be seen on them.

Mt Clarence is the site of Albany’s Anzac Day dawn service on 25 April each year.

Padre White Lookout

Padre White Lookout

Mt Clarence Memorial Precinct. Albany, W.A

The Padre White Lookout is a steel walkway structure located at the top of Mt Clarence. The walkway curves in harmony with the surrounding rocks and marks the spot where the Rector of St John’s, Padre White, stood in 1930 after leading a pilgrimage from his church in York Street to Mt Clarence, in what is claimed to have been the first ever observance of a Dawn Parade on ANZAC Day.

Atatürk Memorial

Atatürk Memorial

Ellen Cove Boardwalk. Albany W.A

Overlooking the Channel also bearing his name, the scenic boardwalk that leads from Albany to Middleton Beach is home to a life-sized statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the President of Turkey from 1923 – 1938. Access to the memorial is from the beach side at Ellen Cove Boardwalk at Middleton or walking along Stirling Terrace from the CBD (a 3 km trip one way).

ANZAC Peace Park

Anzac Peace Park

Princess Royal Drive, Albany W.A

On the edge of Princess Royal Harbour at the bottom of York Street in the CBD is the Anzac Peace Park. Among the men and women who gathered in Albany before departing to serve in WW1 were the troops who landed at Gallipoli, including the Light Horsemen who fought on the battlefields of the Middle East — and who entered Jerusalem and captured Damascus. Soldiers also fought in France and Belgium as part of the eight-month campaign. The Anzac Peace park was officially opened in 2010 and pays tribute to the Australians who served in WW1, and all those who have served the nation in conflicts and peacekeeping missions since.

The Park features the Pier of Remembrance, the Interpretive Walk and the Lone Pine Grove as well as being the venue for Albany’s ANZAC Day Service and Parade each year.

The Park is adjacent to Princess Royal Harbour and each departing ship is represented by an engraved panel on the Pier of Remembrance as well as the AE2 submarine plaque which sits at the end of the Pier, a gift to the Albany community from the AE2 Commemorative Foundation.

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