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Commemorating the end of the First World War also brings to a close the Centenary of Anzac (2014-2018) celebrations. This period of commemoration pays special tribute to Australia’s involvement in the Great War.

In addition to commemorative services and events coordinated by the Commonwealth Government, Local Governments, the RSLWA and other community groups, the Western Australian Government is launching a number of initiatives and events to honour our ANZACs and educate and engage students, parents and the wider community in the Anzac Centenary story.

Program details will be published throughout the year.

Commemorations mark 100 years since end of World War I

Remembrance Day 2018 marked the centenary of the Armistice that ended one of history's bloodiest conflicts, in which more than 61,000 Australians died - including 7,000 Western Australians. The Premier Hon Mark McGowan MLA paid tribute to the Anzacs at an RSL ceremony in Kings Park, and hosted a reception for war veterans at Government House.

For more information: Media Statement (11 November 2018)

Premier's Anzac Student Tour bound for Vietnam in 2019

Ten students have been selected to share in a rare and extraordinary history lesson after being selected for the 16th annual Premier's Anzac Student Tour. The students will travel to Vietnam in April 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Binh Ba, visiting historic sites and learning about Anzac history in the area.

For more information: Media Statement (11 November 2018)

Aboriginal Veterans acknowledged

A new book pays tribute to more than 80 Western Australian Aboriginal servicemen who enlisted and served in the First World War, despite legislative attempts to exclude them. No Less Worthy is the culmination of extensive genealogical and archival research, and recognises the significant contribution of WA's Aboriginal servicemen to the war effort - including those who gave their lives while fighting overseas.

For more information: Media Statement (9 November 2018)

Knitted poppies planted to commemorate Armistice Day

The 'Poppy Project' will see 62,000 handmade poppies planted at the Flame of Remembrance and the State War Memorial in Kings Park, commemorating the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day. Each poppy represents a member of the Australian armed forces who died during World War One.

For more information: Media Statement (7 November 2018)

Green light for new ANZAC House headquarters

A six-storey, state-of-the-art headquarters for the WA branch of the Returned and Services League (RSLWA) will be built at 28 St Georges Terrace in time for Anzac Day 2020. The headquarters will also provide dedicated space for other ex-service organisations.

For more information: Media Statement (6 November 2018)

Krupp field gun restored after 100 years in WA

Australian Light Horse troops captured the German-made artillery piece in the Middle East during the latter stages of World War One, and it has since resided in Pingelly Memorial Park and Whiteman Park. The gun has been officially returned to public display after an extensive three-year restoration process.

For more information: Media Statement (31 October 2018)

Anzac Bell to ring in centenary commemorations

The Anzac Bell, which commemorates the Centenary of Anzac and is the largest bell cast in the Southern Hemisphere, will be installed within the Bell Tower for its first public ringing on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2018.

For more information: Media Statement (21 October 2018)

Reflections on the Centenary

A new web series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War has been launched.

Premier Mark McGowan will interview veterans, school students and community members throughout the year, exploring the importance of marking the end of the Centenary of Anzac (2014-2018). 

To view the interviews visit: Reflections on the Centenary

For more information: Media Statement (25 April 2018)

Receptions for Veterans

The Premier and Minister for Veterans Issues will host a series of receptions for veterans and community members throughout the year. The intimate receptions, which will be held in metropolitan and regional locations, will allow the Premier or Minister to acknowledge the contribution that each person has made to the Anzac legacy. To date, receptions have been held in Albany, Geraldton, Collie and Bunbury.

Premier-student-competition-small.jpgPremier’s Student Competition: Celebrating the end of the Centenary of Anzac

The Premier’s state-wide competition encourages students to gain a greater understanding of the significance of the Centenary of Anzac, in particular the effect of the 1918 Armistice and post-war environment on Western Australia.

The creative display competition, which is open to all Western Australian students in years one to 10, asks students to explore social changes and how life in Western Australia has changed or stayed the same over the past 100 years.

The competition opens on 24 March 2018 and closes 10 August 2018         (closing date extended from 20 July 2018).

For details visit education.wa.edu.au/anzaccompetition

For more information: Media Statement (24 March 2018)

Winners announced: Media Statement (11 September 2018)

Teaching Resource

The History Teachers’ Association of Western Australia has developed a teachers’ resource on behalf of the Western Australian Government to support students’ understanding and recognition of the importance of the end of the Centenary of Anzac. The resource focuses on the post-war peace phase and what Western Australia was like in the years following the Armistice.

All Western Australian schools will have access to the resource, which also aligns with the student competition.

For details visit: Western Australia: A Centenary of Change 1918-2018

Field of Light: Avenue of Honour

Albany will become a beacon for honouring the service and sacrifice of the Anzacs when Field of Light: Avenue of Honour opens from 4 October 2018 until Anzac Day 2019. Adorning the Avenue of Honour on Mount Clarence, thousands of visitors are expected to wander through the display of more than 16,000 lights crafted by world-renowned artist Bruce Munro. The shining glass spheres will light up the road approaching Albany's National Anzac Centre in whites, yellows and golds - the colours of Australia's and New Zealand's national flowers.

Field of Light: Avenue of Honour is proudly supported by the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia's Regional Events Program and Lotterywest. The initiative is a partnership led by the City of Albany, Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch, local RSL Albany sub-branch and FORM - an independent non-profit cultural organisation.

For more information: Media Statement (7 December 2017)Media Statement 26 September and Field of Light Albany

Light Horsemen pay homage to 100 years of sacrifice and service

Premier Mark McGowan and Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley presented the Returned and Services League (RSL) WA with a $298,850 cheque to fund a suite of events across the State to honour the service and sacrifice of Western Australians during and since World War One. 

For more information: Media Statement (19 September 2018)

Western Australian Centenary of Armistice Tour

The Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA, Minister for Housing; Veterans Issues; Youth, is offering an opportunity for young Western Australians, aged between 18 and 25 years to undertake a tour of key historical sites from World War One (WWI) in early November 2018. Eight young Western Australians were selected to take part in the 10-day Armistice tour, which will visit First World War sites in Belgium and France.

For more information: Media Statement (12 March 2018) and Media Statement (19 September 2018).

Centenary of Armistice Short Films

A series of short films will be showcased at Yagan Square, Perth Cultural Centre Big Screen and Northbridge Piazza Superscreen from 29 October to 11 November 2018. The films use powerful real footage from the First World War to capture life during war. For more details visit communities.wa.gov.au/armistice and Media Statement 29 October 2018

Cascading Poppies – Urban Light Installations

Prominent WA landmarks with connections to the First World War will each be lit up with 59,000 poppies to commemorate the Australian lives lost in the First World War. The installations will take place from 5 - 11 November 2018 at sites including Exmouth, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Albany, Bunbury, the Fremantle Maritime Museum and St George’s Cathedral in Perth.  For more details visit communities.wa.gov.au/armistice and Media Statement 22 October 2018

State Support for Anzac Day and Armistice Day Commemorations

Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley has reinforced the McGowan Government's support for veterans and their families, highlighting a range of activities and events across Western Australia to commemorate Anzac Day. In the past year, the State Government has allocated more than $1 million to help various organisations prepare for this year's commemorations. 

For more information: Media Statement (24 April 2018)

Victoria Cross Recipients protected for generations to come

The State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, fulfilling a pledge to protect the graves and memorials of Victoria Cross (VC) recipients commemorated in Western Australian cemeteries. The agreements will ensure the future preservation of VC graves and memorials while safeguarding the rights of the families to honour their loved ones as they wish.

For more information Media Statement (21 April 2018)

The Lighthouse Girl

Through the Regional and Remote Touring Fund, the Black Swan Theatre Company has received $197,147 to tour The Lighthouse Girl in regional Western Australia to commemorate the End of the Centenary of Anzac. The Lighthouse Girl is a Western Australian story set in Albany, adapted by WA writer Hellie Turner and based on the award-winning novels by Albany-based author Dianne Wolfer. The Black Swan Theatre will tour The Lighthouse Girl throughout seven regional locations: Esperance, Albany, Mandurah, Merredin, Port Hedland, Karratha and Broome. The production was developed with support from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.

For more information: Media Statement (4 April 2018)

Anzac Day Grant

The State Government, through a Lotterywest grant, has boosted the funding available for the Returned and Services League (RSL) WA to commemorate Anzac Day.

Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley announced a Lotterywest grant of $849,498, along with City of Perth funding of $64,285 and the RSL WA's in-kind contribution, valued at more than $115,000, would support a series of events across the State to highlight the sacrifice and devotion of men and women in the defence forces who served their country. Events will include dawn, sunset and commemorative services across WA, a parade march, memorial service at the Perth Concert Hall and gunfire breakfast. 

For more information Media Statement (3 April 2018)

The Premier's Anzac Student Tour

Ten secondary students with a keen interest in world history have been selected to take part in the 15th annual Premier's ANZAC Student Tour. The students will travel to Vietnam in April 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive and the Battles of Coral and Balmoral from the Vietnam War. The tour will visit important historical sites including Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau, Long Tan, Hoi An and Hue before attending Anzac Day commemorations in Hanoi. Approximately 60,000 Australian ground troops, air-force and naval personnel served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972; 521 died as a result of the war, and over 3,000 were wounded. The Premier's ANZAC Student Tour competition is open annually to all Western Australian students in Years 8 to 11.

For more information: Media Statement (11 November 2017)


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.