Melbourne City - Dawn Service

World War 1

In the early 1900-1910's, conflict between countries was increasing and alliances were starting to be formed. Austria-Hungary, Germany and Italy the triple alliance and the Triple Entente alliance Russia, France and United Kingdom. These two alliances went to war not long after Archduke Francis Ferdinand who was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated.

On the 28th of July, 1914, Austria declared war. Because Britain was apart of the Triple Entente alliance they had to go to war, which meant Australia had to go as well because we were still a part of the british colony. Australia men were told they had to go and fight. From 1914 to 1918 about 417,000 Australian men fought in WWI. Australian troops were first sent to Egypt where they were taught to fight and then set off where they landed on the beaches of Gallipoli.

On the 25th of April, 1915, when the Australian troops landed on Gallipoli they were not prepared for what happened to them, Australia landed on the wrong bit of Gallipoli and they didn't know that over the hill Turkish troops were waiting for them. Over 58,132 soldiers died and 156,228 were gassed, injured or taken prison of war.

During WWI, back at home, women had to take on men's labouring jobs and during school, children would fundraise, make clothes and equipment to send over to troops. Families suffered greatly, because there sons, fathers, husbands, uncles and all men they knew had left so it was hard to have a stainable income.

Dawn Service

Thursday, April 25th, 4:15am

Birdwood Avenue

Melbourne, VIC

This day commemorates the past and present soldiers that have fought for our country in war. Australia comes together to show gratitude and respect for the brave men and women who will risk their life for our country


This service is to pay respect to fallen soldiers and soldiers to this present day. At the crack of dawn we will light a fire in honour of our troops and watch as veterans, family members of soldiers and future soldiers march together to respect the Army, Military and Navy. There will be a minute of silence, and a museum to look at things from WWI as well as the names of fallen soldiers.

This event is for anyone of any age, come down to pay your respects to the soldiers that have and continue to protect our country.

Learn about what these soldiers had to go through in WWI, what happened back at the home front, what trenches were like etc.

ANZAC Day 2012 (The Last Post)

By Nikita Kennedy 9.1