Monday, 30 March 2015 12:17

Commemorating ANZAC in the West

ANZAC soldier statue, Sydney. ANZAC soldier statue, Sydney. Source: iStock © t_rust

Western Sydney will commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC with a range of events across the region.

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Each council area is commemorating the Centenary in its own, locally relevant way.”

“The diversity of our communities means we are constantly reimagining our connection to the ANZAC legend through installations, artwork, talks, performances and traditional memorial services,” he said.

“From those whose ancestors served in the War, to our newest community members, ANZAC day is a memorial of past conflicts but also a celebration of the freedom and harmony we all enjoy in Australia.”


Auburn artists will reflect on Gallipoli and the First World War in a special exhibition at the Peacock Gallery. Then, Now, Tomorrow – After the War, will mark the Centenary of ANZAC in a city that is now home to thousands of people of Turkish descent. Contributions made by Australians of many backgrounds show how people who were once foes can now live as friends.

Auburn City Council has also unveiled its new Wall of Friendship. A tribute to the shared legacy between Australia and Turkey.



To commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, Bankstown City Council is looking for people to share photos of any ANZAC memorabilia local residents may have. Photos will be shared on an online ANZAC Centenary Gallery.



Head down to Blacktown City Library on April 25 for a fascinating talk about the landing and the first day of the Gallipoli campaign. The free talks will be held by teacher, lecturer and author Dr Bruce Dennett. Contact Blacktown City Library to reserve a place.


Blue Mountains

A string of memorial services and marches will be held throughout the Blue Mountains on April 25, 2015.



A number of memorial services will be held throughout the Hawkesbury over the ANZAC long weekend including commemorative services for the Centenary of ANZAC at Windsor’s McQuade Park of as well as the University of Western Sydney’s Richmond campus.



A traditional dawn service will be held at the newly upgraded Charles Mance Reserve. Renovations at the site were carried out in honour of the ANZAC Centenary.



Fairfield City Museum and Gallery is holding the Fairfield at War: 1914 - 1918 exhibition until April 25. The exhibition investigates the impact of World War I on the Fairfield Local Government Area, focusing on the experiences of war for soldiers as well as the women, children and others on the home front. It also examines the effects of the war on the local community, economy, and industry of Fairfield.



Throughout 2015, Liverpool City Council will deliver a number of programs to honour the ANZAC Centenary and all those who have contributed to Australia's military efforts in the last 100 years. Through a range of exhibitions, theatre performances, talks, public programs and special events, we will explore the course of the war, the achievements of Liverpool's soldiers, the contribution and generosity of those at home and Liverpool's connections to the First World War.



Parramatta will host a range of events to commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. Join a Poppy Wall installation workshop, view a number of exhibitions, concerts and plays or pay your respects at a local Dawn Service. Parramatta will also host a special live screening of the Gallipoli Dawn Service in Centenary Square.

For more information visit Parramatta City Council’s website.



Penrith City Council will launch a commemorative Australians at War multi-media kiosk at the Penrith Central Library from mid-April 2015.

A commemorative Poppy Park will also be established at Judge’s Park, Penrith. Over 102, 000 commemorative poppies will be symbolically displayed to form the shape of a giant poppy. Each artificial poppy will have the name of a fallen hero attached to its stem in remembrance of their sacrifice. The poppies can be purchased as a commemorative token.

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