ANZAC Day Festival

An Insight to the Great War

Causes of World War 1

The main trigger of the first world war was the assassination of heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Duchess of Hohenberg, Sophie Ferdinand was murdered alongside her husband in Sarajevo on the 28th June 1914. This led to Ferdinand's uncle, Franz Joseph I, declaring war between Europe's greatest powers and alliances.

Australian Involvement

Australian troops were first sent to New Guinea at Toma and neighbouring islands of the Bismarck Archipelago where they were successful in taking it over from German rein. Then sent to Egypt to complete the military training under British command. After that, they were sent to Gallipoli with troops from ally countries. Survivors from there were sent to fight in campaigns on the western front and middle east.
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Significant Australian Battles

Gallipoli was one of Australia's most famous battles, and rightly so. Australian soldiers landed there on the 25th April, 1916. A total of over 100 000 casualties was the result of the Gallipoli campaign and of that around 9 000 Aussies. All troops were called back on 9th January 1916.

Another significant battles for our soldiers was their campaigns on the western front. Whoever wasn't killed or wounded in the battle of Gallipoli was sent to fight in the western front campaigns. Many more Australian Soldiers lost their lives in these battles.

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Impact of WWI in Australia

As the great war went on, getting people to enlist down under was getting harder and harder. The number of casualties were also making families take second thoughts before sending their sons, husbands and fathers to assist the triple alliance overseas. Political campaigns also had different views upon the war towards the end. One party was using propaganda to convince Aussie residents to enlist to go to war and another party was using it to mark tragedies that could happen to the loved you send away and how that could affect your family.
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Australians see ANZAC Day as a time to reflect and thank those who gave their lives for the freedom of our country and particularly the landing of Gallipoli, hence the day being on 25/4. The red poppy is a symbol that recognised as a tribute to all the Australian troops who had their lives taken by the world's first war.
Anzac Day- The Last Post

ANZAC Day Tribute

Friday, April 25th, 9am-4pm

Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, VIC

11am- 12:30pm - Remembrance Service to WWI Australian Soldiers

12:30- 2pm - Lunch Break

2:10- 3pm - WWII Veterans Experience Talk

3- 4pm - Tribute Ceremony to Every Aus Soldier