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WA Troop Departure Event

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On 31 October 1914 the first Western Australian troops departed from Fremantle on two troop ships.  Two days later they joined the rest of the convoy that departed from Albany.  This began their journey to active service in World War I.

11th Battalion having lunch at Blackboy Hill
11th Battalion having lunch at Blackboy Hill.  Photo courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia

On Friday 31 October 2014, a commemorative train trip recreated the journey taken 100 years ago by Western Australian troops from their training camp to Fremantle Port.

The State Government funded events to mark the troops’ departure, including a community event at Greenmount Primary School (site of the Blackboy Hill training ground) and overnight cadet bivouac, a departure service at Blackboy Hill, the train journey and a service in Fremantle.


Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.