Commemoration of Our Fallen Diggers

Anzac Day, 2014- We Will Remember Them

Introduction to the event

On this day we will look back into the rich history of World War 1 and all the couragous events that occurred in this period, that our brave Australian soldiers embarked on. This will be an oppurtunity to truly recognise and commend their efforts, sacrafice and justice for our country and its

Dawn Service of Our Australian Defence Force

Friday, April 25th 2014 at 5:30-7:30am

Birdwood Avenue

Melbourne, VIC

General Information-

  • Large numbers are expected; members of the general public should arrive from 4.30 am.
  • Please note if you are planning to walk to the Memorial via ANZAC Parade to keep to the footpaths and remain off the road as the shuttle buses will be in operation.
  • This is an informal ceremony, with visitors standing outside the Shrine.
  • The Shrine will be open to the public 15 minutes after the ceremony.
  • First aid tent and ambulances plus trained First Aid staff will be in attendance
  • Orders of Service are available free of charge upon arrival.
  • Poppies and candles will be available for a donation.
  • It is suggested you wear warm clothing and bring a torch, as the ceremony will embark in darkenss and the whether status will be cool.

  • Seating-

    There is no allocated seating for the Dawn Service. Visitors are welcome to occupy the seating in place for the National Ceremony, as well as to stand outside the shrine.


    Anzac day will begin with a dawn service as a reminder of the landing on shores of Galipoli in 1915.

    The service will begin at 5:30am with an enetering ceremony of ex-servicemen, current soldiers, troupes in training & The General of the Watsonia Army District out of the shrine.

    This will then be followed by an opening prayer for the Australian Defence Force and then a reading of The Ode by the General.

    THe official salute will then be performed by our current troupes of the Australian Defence Force.

    Following a minute silence will then commence.

    The playing of the Last Post on the Bugle by the 27th Batallion Bugler.

    The event will then close with the exiting of the official party.

    The Last Post

    Brief History of WW1

    As we attend the most important representation of our rich history of our involvement in World War 1, we shall take a quick dip into our past looking back at the significant events and occurrances in an orderly sequence...

    Causes of WW1

    The main causes of World War 1 started in central Europe in 1914 and finished in 1918. The main factors were hostility and conflict between nations in Europe over the past four decades. Militarism, alliances, nationalism and imperialism played major roles in the conflict as well. As these were prime ocntributing factors, the origins of the Great War was with the statesman and Generals who made the major decisions during the enormous crisis in 1914, the assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by a 19 year old serbian man, Gravilo Princip. This crisis followed after a difficult series of diplomatic arguments between the great powers, The triple Entente,Great Britain, France & Russia and the Triple Alliance, Germany, Austria-Hungary & Italy.
    World War One Video (For School)
    British Declaration of War (audio and transcript of Chamberlain's speech)

    Australian Involvement in WW1

    Even prior war being declared on Germany, Australia's allaiance and loyalty to the British Empire was unquestionably unbreakable. The first battle they were needed to be involved in was againts New Guinea after a hastily raised force to capture Possesions of Germany in the Pacific. The Australian Parliament did not have a role as such in any decision making of Australia's involvement as they were prime allies to the Great Empire and felt such devotion and loyalty to them, therefore agreeing and supporting all decisions made by the Mother Land. Being a aprt of the Birtish Empire along wiht New Zealand, they were automatically a part of the Triple Etente.

    Significant Australian Battles of WW1

    Australian soldiers were involved in two prime battles of great significance in WW1 being in Gallipoli (Ottoman Empire) and the Western Front which was the zone of fighting in western Europe. Australian's mainly sailed over to the shores of Gallipoli where most of their fighting was during The Great War. As the Turkish soldiers already occupied higher ground in Gallipoli, by the time Australian soldiers arrived, lower ground was the only availability, giving us great disadvantage. The battle in Gallipoli was not in our favour as the causualty rate increased immensely day by day. As for the battle at the Western Front, Australian troupes were much more organised in an orderly manner, being seperated in Anzac Corps 1, 2 & 3. Also like Gallipoli,the Australian divisions suffered immensely regarding high numbers of casualties. The Australian's main opposition in the Western Front was the German Army.
    Gallipoli (7/8) Movie CLIP - Massacre (1981) HD
    The Charge - All Quiet on the Western Front (2/10) Movie CLIP (1930) HD

    The Great War Impact on Australian's

    The Great War had many positive and negative impacts on all Countries involved, however Australia suffered dearly. Some of the main changes that occurred in the society of Australia during and after the Great War came to an end were;

    -Society became more democratic

    -Deaths left deep psychological scars on survivors

    -MIllions of people were up rooted

    -Major changes in the Australian Government

    -Produced numerous refugess

    -No one went back to their old lives the way they were

    -Urban areas grew as peasants

    -Granted women the right to vote, as well as in the US

    Significance of Anzac Day

    The significance of Anzac Day for Australians is of great importance. It is an important representation and reminder of those who sacrificed their lives and were so couragous to save our country. The whole nation on the 25th of April unite together to celebrate and respect of our fallen diggers. The Anzacs were people of kindness, bravery, goodwill and stradegy, which deserve to be recognised and commended.

    We will always remember them...

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