ANZAC DAY 2018

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‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.’

Laurence Binyon

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ANZAC DAY MARCHES

Note. This page has been compiled using the best available information but it is the responsibility of participants to check details in their local newspapers. 

This year, Tuesday 25 April 2018 marks the 103rd anniversary of landing of Anzac troops at Gallipoli.

After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they had felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. A dawn vigil became the basis for commemoration in several places after the war. It is difficult to say when the first dawn services were held, as many were instigated by veterans, clergymen, and civilians from all over the country. A dawn requiem mass was held at Albany as early as 1918, and a wreathlaying and commemoration took place at dawn in Toowoomba the following year. In 1927 a group of returned men returning from an Anzac Day function held the night before came upon an elderly woman laying flowers at the as yet unfinished Sydney Cenotaph at dawn. Joining her in this private remembrance, the men later resolved to institute a dawn service the following year. Thus, 150 people gathered at the Cenotaph in 1928 for a wreathlaying and two minutes’ silence. This is generally regarded as the beginning of organised dawn services. Over the years the ceremonies have developed into their modern form and have also seen an increased association with the dawn landings of 25 April 1915.

The following information gives advice about 2018 Anzac Day Marches in each of the Capital Cities and other regional centres where relevant.  Whilst every care has been taken in collating this information, readers are responsible for checking the details with their local Division, RSL or other authority.  If you are aware of any changes or wish to add additional information please contact the webmaster using the “Contact Us” form below. 


SYDNEY

The Dawn Service at The Cenotaph in Sydney’s Martin Place begins at 0430.  It comprises a catafalque contingent, an Ode of Remembrance, Last Post bugle call, a minute of silence, a Reveille played on a bugle and the laying of wreaths.

The Sydney Anzac Day march begins at 0900 at the intersection of Martin Place and Elizabeth Street.  It travels down Elizabeth Street and finishes at the end of Hyde Park at Liverpool Street.  At the conclusion of the parade, at approximately 1230, a commemoration service is held next to the Pool of Remembrance at the ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park South.  Due to light rail construction George Street will be avoided.  The route for the march can be seen here.

http://www.rslnsw.org.au/commemoration/anzac/index.html

The FAA normally marches as part of the HMAS Melbourne group, which is contingent 21 on the march order.  Form up on Castlereagh Street between the Hunter St and Martin Place junctions. Step off is around 1000, so you should aim to be in place by no later than 0940.  Look for the FAA and/or the HMAS Melbourne banner.

After the march the Melbourne Association guys are planning to meet at the Verandah Bar & Grill, about 55 Elizabeth Street and all FAA members are welcome to join them. 


NOWRA

NO INFORMATION YET.  BELOW IS THE PROGRAMME FOR LAST YEAR.

Dawn Service is at Greenwell Point.  Those attending are invited to march with the RSL.  The contingent will assemble at the Greenwell Point Memorial Hall at 0510 and march to ANZAC Park at 0525 before returning to the Hall at the conclusion of the Service. A hot coffee and cup of soup will be available at the Hall before the march. After the service there is a sausage sizzle and coffee/ tea.

The major march in Nowra leaves the bottom of Junction Street and goes up to the Cenotaph and the service and wreath laying takes place there. Participants should assemble at 1010 in Junction Street, between Berry and Osborne Streets, for a 1030 step-off. It is anticipated that the service will last about one hour after which the assembly will march eastward towards Shoalhaven Street where the parade will be dispersed. After the march muster in the RSL Club for the required drinks and game of two up.

CANBERRA

2018 ANZAC Day ceremonies are hosted by the Australian War Memorial, with involvement of the ACT Branch of the RSL in the Dawn Service and the National ANZAC Day ceremony.  Detailed information, which is regularly updated, is available on the Memorial’s website, www.awm.gov.au The RSL co-ordinator is RSL ACT Branch President, John King.

Dawn Service – The Dawn Service commences at 5.30am in front of the Australian War Memorial.  It is suggested that visitors should arrive from 4.30am onwards.
The Master of Ceremonies is Mr Scott Bevan.  The Presiding Minister is Chaplain Peter Willis. The Commemorative Address will be delivered by Colonel Susan Neuhaus CSC. The wreath layers are Mr John King and TBA.  The Piper is Detective Sergeant Stephen Ladd, AFP.  ‘In Flanders Fields’ will be read by Junior Legatee Liam Warcaba.  The Band will be from the Royal Military College of Australia.

No tickets are required for the Dawn Service and there is no allocated seating.  Visitors are welcome to occupy the seating provided for the National Ceremony, but this should be vacated at the conclusion of the Dawn Service.  The Memorial’s Commemorative Area, including the Hall of Memory, will open 15 minutes after the Service concludes and will remain open until 8.00am.

National Ceremony – The National Ceremony commences at 10.30am with the veterans’ march, which steps off at 10:55am.  Visitors are welcome to bring their own seats and rugs.  Trained First Aid staff will be in attendance.  The Memorial will re-open after the ceremony around 12:45pm.

ANZAC Veterans’ March – Please note the contingent is for veterans / serving members only except for those that require assistance who may have one helper with them.  The FAAA of A contingent is 35th in the Order of March. You should muster for the Parade in the centre of Anzac Parade (roughly adjacent to the Korean Memorial) at no later than 10:30am for a step-off at 10:55am.  (The march concludes at about 11:45am).  Keep a look out for the blue FAAA of A banner.  Water points and portable public toilets will be available along ANZAC Parade.

The following changes have been made to the 2018 ACT march.

  • Due to changes in the Public Liability insurance, children under the age of 12 years are not permitted to march and nor are they permitted to ride in vehicles.
  • Relatives of deceased veterans should not march, as the march is for veterans and current serving members of the ADF.
  • Veterans using wheelchairs, scooters or walkers should be placed to the rear of each contingent and should be capable of keeping up with the contingent.
  • There will be no bands along the route of the march. Music will be provided by the Band of the RMC relayed along the route by loud speakers thus providing marchers with a common audio to follow.

Post March Catch Up.  After the National Ceremony you are welcome to make your own way to the old ‘Canberra Services Club’ site at the corner of Canberra Avenue and Manuka Circle in Manuka (adjacent to Manuka Oval).   The Canberra Club in Barton is closed on Anzac Day and will temporarily relocate to the old ‘Canberra Services Club’ site in Manuka for Anzac Day activities. Please be aware that there may be a notional fee to join the club before you enter. 

Road Closures – Road closures will be in operation from 2.00am to 3.00pm, which will limit public access to parking at the Memorial.  Visitors planning to walk to the Memorial should keep to the footpaths as shuttle buses will be in operation.

ACTION Bus Services –The Australian War Memorial and ACTION Buses will be providing FREE bus services to and from both the Dawn Service and the National Ceremony. For all information and to register to ride with ACTION please go to www.action.act.gov.au  or contact ACTION on 13 17 10. Register to Ride provides assurance that your bus travel to and from the ceremonies is arranged. It also allows ACTION to be able to manage customer demand and ensure resources are used effectively. Tickets are limited so customers are encouraged to register early.

For further enquiries on the ACT March for those marching with the FAAA of A contingent, please contact John Schonberger on 0412 882 810 or emailjohn.schonberger1@defence.gov.au


MELBOURNE

The Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance commences at 0600 and those wishing to attend should plan on arrival between 0400 and 0500. An informative brochure with details of the Dawn Service and March can be found here

For the Veterans’ March, the Victoria Division musters in Flinders Street West (on the Station side of Flinders St, about 50 metres from Swanson Street) at no later than 0845 for step-off at about 0915, which is earlier than last year.

At the completion of the march our reunion will be held at the Mission to Seafarers (MtS) 717 Flinders Street West, Docklands.

A lot of members have now been to the MtS and are aware of the logistics involved in getting to and from the venue.   For those who have not been there before the details are as follows.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

The number 70, 75 and City Circle trams stop opposite the building.  The stop is The Goods Shed number D5.

Those who wish to come by train it is about 15-20 minute walk from Southern Cross station.

PRIVATE VEHICLE.

Turn down the street beside the MtS ( Siddeley st.) and there is a large multi storey car park on the left and another car park behind the Mission on the right.  The cost is $13.00 and $9.00 per day.

I plan to drive and park my vehicle in one of the car parks at about 0800.   Walk across the road and catch the tram up Flinders Street as far as I can before the trams are stopped for the march.   They stop at Market Street ( a five minute tram ride ) and then it is only several minutes to walk to our stepping off point.

RETURNING TO THE MtS AFTER THE MARCH.

A short walk to the corner of St Kilda Road and Domain Road ( Domain Interchange Tram Stop ) and catch any tram going into the city   They will all go via Park St., Kingsway and Queensbridge St. to Flinders St. at Market St. as obviously St.Kilda Rd. is closed for the march.   Then a short tram ride down Flinders St. to the MtS.  This sounds a bit messy but it shouldn’t take very long and is relatively straightforward.  If this is not clear, please contact me.


PERTH

The FAAA Western Australian Division invites all members, former members and serving members of the RAN FAA and associated Navies to join them on Anzac Day.   More information on Perth’s Anzac Day services and events can be found here.  The Order of March can be found here.

The Dawn Service, for which you should make your own arrangements, will be held in the King’s Park & Botanic Gardens from 0550 to about 0700. Lights will go out at 0505 and all will be quiet at 0600 when the Service commences. You are advised to muster from 0400 to secure a place.

Form up for Banner and Flag Bearers will be at 0900 (same as last year) and the March follows the same route – St George’s Terrace to Victoria Avenue and thence to Langley Park. The provisional Order of March places the FAAAA (WA) Division contingent as number 32, in section B. Keep an eye open for the FAA banner.  The attached map will give you an idea of where to form up (section B) and the route of the March. Please check the West Australian closer to the date for further information or late changes.

At the completion of the march the WA Division will meet at Rosie O’Grady’s Hotel Northbridge from 1200 hours for drinks and light luncheon. All Navy personnel are welcome.

Point of contact is Keith Taylor, Secretary of the WA Division on (08) 9572 1487  or Mobile 0409 913 252 or by email ktt59345@bigpond.net.au


BRISBANE

The ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance, will begin at 4.28am sharp on Monday 25th of April 2016.

Following the ANZAC Day Dawn Service, the Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade will commence at the Shrine of Remembrance, ANZAC Square.

The Fleet Air Arm Association is in Group 8 due to move of at 1135.   We will form up in William St. opposite Queens park at 1030  behind RAN Corvettes and in front of HMAS Brisbane association.

After the march we will meet at the Kedron Wavel Services Club, which is situated behind the Library adjacent to the Westfield Shopping Centre, Chermside. There is an open invitation for all Naval Personnel to join us.


ADELAIDE

The Dawn Service begins at 0600 at the National War Memorial on the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace, but you are advised to arrive earlier.

The SA Division invites every member and non-members to join the ANZAC Day March and attend the ANZAC lunch at the Windsor.  The Division will muster on the corner of Pultney Street and North Terrace around 0900. The March commences at 0930 but our Division will be a little later than that. Look for the Banner and Flag.  

After the Parade, marchers will disperse to the Torrens Parade Ground to meet and greet.

Around 1130 the Division meets at the Windsor Hotel, North East Road Windsor Gardens for a great lunch at the right price and some back slapping.

Enquiries for more details contact Roger Harrison on 0419 846 224 or email corona@adam.com.au


HOBART

TAS Division does not make any specific arrangements for Anzac Day but members are encouraged to attend one of the marches arranged by the RSL.

The Hobart Dawn Service will be held at the Cenotaph on the Queens Domain commencing at 0600.

The ANZAC Day parade in Hobart forms up at 1030 for an  1100 start from Macquarie street, and will conclude about 45 minutes later at the Cenotaph.   The arrangements are to muster in Macquarie Street by 1000, just past the Treasury building.  Navy’s assembly area is Area 3, which is shown on this map.

In the event of severe inclement weather, it is likely that the parade will be cancelled and an abbreviated wreath-laying and Commemorative Service will commence instead. The decision to implement the wet weather plan will be made on the morning of the 25th of April and advertised via local media.