The Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018 is Australia’s most important period of national commemoration. It marks 100 years since our involvement in the First World War. Albany has played a significant part in the national commemorations during this period, including the November 2014 commemorative event that marked the departure of the first Anzac fleet from King George Sound, and the construction of the award-winning National Anzac Centre which has become one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, and surrounded by the stunning biodiversity of Mt Adelaide and Mt Clarence, the centre overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and woman departed Australia for the Great War.
2014 - 20152015
100 Years Commemoration of the Anzacs involvement in the First World War
1st November 19181918
Remembrance Day – The Great War continued until the armistice was signed in 1918. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November 1918, peace was declared, a day we now commemorate as Remembrance or Armistice Day.
It was the courage, bravery and tenacity of our ANZAC troops at the landing that links Gallipoli with the birth of a national consciousness in Australia and New Zealand. The Gallipoli campaign continued for another eight months until evacuation in December, 1915.
25th April 19151915
Anzac Day – After several months training in Egypt and the Middle East, Australian and New Zealand troops landed at dawn on the beaches of Gallipoli,Turkey on 25th April 1915. Although troops from many different countries landed on the Peninsula, this was the site of the first major battles undertaken by Australia and New Zealand troops, those who would become known as our iconic ANZAC troops.
1st November 19141914
On 1st November 1914, Australian and New Zealand troops departed in convoy from King George Sound, Albany, initially bound for Europe. Germany’s invasion of Belgium precipitated decisive action from Britain with war being declared on 4th August, 1914. The conflict would become known as the Great War. Unreserved support from British colonies was offered with commitments of available men.
The Anzac Centenary is a milestone of special significance to Australians. The First World War left an enduring legacy, helping to define us as a people and a nation. The Federation of Australia was only seventeen years old when the war ended in 1918 and a national identity began to emerge which reflected upon the sacrifice and service of Australian and New Zealand armed service men and women.
During the Anzac Centenary, Australia and New Zealand will remember not only the original Anzacs who served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian service men and women.