Albany played a key part in the story of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs), so it is appropriate that the city played a leading role in Centenary commemorations.
It was from Albany's King George Sound that on 1 November 1914 the first convoy of the Australian Imperial Force sailed for the war. A few days later, on the 3 November, the convoy met the HMAT Ascanius and HMAT Media on the high seas. They had left Fremantle on 31 October 1914, where the majority of Western Australians had embarked from.
In recognition of this significant role played by Albany, the State Government worked very closely with the Commonwealth Government, the Returned and Services League WA Branch (RSLWA), the City of Albany and other local stakeholders on a program of events and initiatives to mark the national launch of the Anzac Centenary. Activities were held in Albany between 30 October and 2 November, 2014. Featuring the Australian Defence Force, the centerpiece commemorative event program included a Royal Australian Navy Ceremonial Sunset, commemorative service, symbolic departure of between six naval ships, troop march and a ship open day.
A series of supporting community events was also held, including a Community Concert featuring the acclaimed West Australian Symphony Orchestra alongside The Waifs, Katie Noonan and Dan Sultan.
For more information visit the Anzac Albany website.
National Anzac Centre
The State also co-funded and oversaw the construction and fit out of the National Anzac Centre at Mt Adelaide. The Centre was officially opened on 1 November, 2014 by the Australian and New Zealand Prime Ministers and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett. The Centre provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience an emotional connection with the Australian and New Zealand men and women who were involved in World War I, and understand the sacrifice that they, their friends and families made on behalf of their nation and the world. Importantly, it also explains in detail for the first time the unique role that Albany played in that conflict.
For further information visit www.nationalanzaccentre.com.au .
Image by Lee Griffiths: National Anzac Centre, Mt Adelaide