Anzac Centenary

How Western Australia commemorated the end of the Centenary of Anzac
11th Battalion lunch at black boy hill

11th Battalion having lunch at Blackboy Hill, near Midland, in 1914. Photo courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia.

Anzac Centenary message from Premier Mark McGowan 

One hundred years ago, the bloodiest war experienced came to an end. The Great War took the lives and injured more Australians than any conflict in history. More than 416,000 Australians, including more than 32,000 Western Australians, enlisted to serve our country.

Young soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses and other service personnel left our shores with a common cause. Sadly, too many did not return home. Their actions left a legacy of courage, mateship and resilience and helped shape our national identity.

Western Australia played a significant role in the Anzac story, with Albany the departure point for the first convoy of soldiers to leave Australia. For many of these brave men, this would be the last time they set foot on Australian soil.
The Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018 has provided Australians with an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made to ensure the freedom we all enjoy. As the most significant period of commemoration in our history, a number of events over the past four years have recognised the contribution of these extraordinary people as well acknowledge a century of service by Australians across all conflicts and wars.

As the centenary comes to a close this year, we have committed to honouring the proud Anzac tradition with several initiatives and events, paying tribute to our service people as well as educating and engaging the community and the next generation of young Western Australians.

Lest we forget

A powerful legacy

The year 2018 marked the end of the Anzac Centenary – Australia's most significant period of national commemoration. The actions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during the First World War left a powerful legacy.

From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, including 32,231 Western Australians. More than 60,000 Australians were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner, making the Great War Australia's most devastating conflict. Western Australians were awarded 10 of the 64 Victoria Crosses presented to members of the First Australian Imperial Force.

The Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018 recognised not only the original ANZACs but also more than a century of service by Australians who have helped shape our national identity.

The Western Australian Government launched a number of initiatives and events in 2018 to honour our ANZACs and educate and engage students, parents and the wider community in the Anzac Centenary story.

The Australian Government manages Anzac Centenary commemorations nationally. For more information, see the 100 Years of Anzac website.

Over the four years to Anzac Day 2018 the WA Government continued to support Anzac Day commemorations through Lotterywest funding to the WA Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL WA). In addition, a variety of public events and initiatives across the state commemorated this important period in our nation's history.

Centenary events

Commemorating the end of the First World War brought to a close the Centenary of Anzac (2014-2018) celebrations. This period of commemoration paid 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 launched 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.

Reflections on the Centenary

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

Premier Mark McGowan interviews WWII veteran John "JJ" Wade - April 2018

Premier Mark McGowan interviews veteran Jeanetta Bailey - June 2018

Premier Mark McGowan interviews veteran Russell Butler - July 2018

Premier Mark McGowan interviews Verity and Aryan - October 2018

Premier Mark McGowan interviews veteran Liam Haven - December 2018

Receptions for Veterans

The Premier and Minister for Veterans Issues Peter Tinley hosted a series of receptions for veterans and community members throughout 2018.

The intimate receptions, held in metropolitan and regional locations, acknowledged the contribution that each person has made to the Anzac legacy. Receptions were held in Albany, Geraldton, Collie, Bunbury and Perth.

Premier at table with four vets in Albany

Premier meeting veterans in Albany.

Premier meets Collie locals for Anzac centenary

Premier meeting guests at the Collie Eagles Football Club.

Veterans Issues Peter Tinley meets locals in a bar

Minister for Veterans Issues Peter Tinley addresses a reception in Geraldton that included veterans from the Geraldton, Northampton, Jurien Bay and Dongara RSL.

Commemoration to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

Media Statement (11 November 2018)

Premier's Anzac student tour bound for Vietnam in 2019

Media Statement (11 November 2018)

Aboriginal Veterans acknowledged

Media Statement (9 November 2018)

Knitted poppies planted to commemorate Armistice Day

Media Statement (7 November 2018)

Green light for new ANZAC House headquarters

Media Statement (6 November 2018)

Krupp field gun restored after 100 years in WA

Media Statement (31 October 2018)

Anzac bell to ring in Centenary commemorations

Media Statement (21 October 2018)

Reflections on the Centenary

Media Statement (25 April 2018)

Premier’s student competition: celebrating the end of the Centenary of Anzac

Media Statement (11 September 2018).

Field of light: avenue of honour

Media Statement (7 December 2017).

Light Horsemen pay homage to 100 years of sacrifice and service

Media Statement (19 September 2018).

Western Australian Centenary of Armistice tour

Media Statement (19 September 2018).

Centenary of Armistice short films

Media Statement (29 October 2018).

Cascading poppies – urban light Installations

Media Statement (22 October 2018).

State support for Anzac Day and Armistice Day commemorations

Media Statement (24 April 2018).

Victoria Cross recipients protected for generations to come

Media Statement (21 April 2018).

The Lighthouse Girl

Media Statement (4 April 2018).

Anzac Day grant

Media Statement (3 April 2018).

The Premier's Anzac student tour

Media Statement (11 November 2017)

Page reviewed 19 September 2019
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