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Lest We Forget - Anzac services across the City of Canada Bay

13 April 2017 | Council

Community members are invited to honour the memory of Australian men and women who have served in and died in war on Anzac Day (Tuesday, 25 April), with a number of services to be held across the city. 

Dawn stand-to events, Anzac marches and post-service celebrations are run by local Returned and Services League (RSL) sub-branches with support from Council.

This year we continue the Centenary of Anzac celebrations (2014-18), marking 100 years since the First World War (1914-18). The Breakfast Point community will pay special tribute to the Second Battle of Bullecourt, France (3-17 May 1917), in which Mortlake Australian Gas Light Company’s (AGL) suffered its heaviest casualties of The Great War.

The photo (right), sourced from the Australian War Memorial, is a portrait of Charles Norman Kenny, an employee of AGL Mortlake who enlisted in The Great War on 5 January 1916. Kenny fought in the Second Battle of Bullecourt, France and died from wounds on 3 May 1917. He is among the names listed on the Breakfast Point War Memorial who have centenary anniversaries this year.

Australian Divisions also fought in the Third Battle of Ypres, commonly known as Battle of Passchendaele (July to November 1917) or ‘Battle of Mud’ in Belgium, which was infamous for crippling losses (about 325,000 Allied and 260,000 German soldiers died) and for the appalling weather and muddy conditions.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge (April 1917) in France, which involved four divisions of Canadian Corps, the First and Second Battles of Gaza, the North Sea Engagement and other WWI conflicts that occurred during 1917, will also be commemorated this year.  

In 2015, as part of the Anzac Centenary celebrations, City of Canada Bay Libraries partnered with local primary and high school students to produce a multimedia series – More Than Just a Name – which brings to life the harrowing history and moving stories of local identities who served in the First World War. The clips can be viewed here.   

ANZAC 2017 SERVICES 

RHODES PARK, CONCORD

  • What: Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway Anzac Service
  • Where: Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway, Killoola St, Rhodes Park, Concord
  • When: Friday, 21 April at 10.30am. Hosted by: Friends of Kokoda (RSVP by Friday, 14 April at melva.lindley@sswahs.nsw.gov.au or call 9767 5256).

FIVE DOCK PARK

  • What: Five Dock Anzac Day Commemoration Service (run by Five Dock RSL)
  • Where: Five Dock Park, Park Road, Five Dock
  • When: Sunday, 23 April at 10.30am (10am march from Club Five Dock RSL) Hosted by: Five Dock RSL with support from City of Canada Bay.

DRUMMOYNE CIVIC CENTRE

  • What: Drummoyne RSL Anzac Day Service
  • Where: Council Chambers, 1a Marlborough Street, Drummoyne (outside Council chambers at the cenotaph or inside the Civic Hall if raining)
  • When: Tuesday, 25 April at 5.45-8am. Hosted by: Drummoyne RSL with support from Council and Drummoyne Rotary Club providing a barbecue in front of the Civic Centre (grassed area at the corner of Lyons Road and Malborough Street).

BREAKFAST POINT

  • What: Breakfast Point Dawn Service
  • Where: Village Green, Breakfast Point
  • When: Tuesday, 25 April at 5.45am. Hosted by: Breakfast Point Community Association and barbecue breakfast provided by the Rotary Club of Breakfast Point.

CONCORD RSL CLUB

  • What: Concord RSL ANZAC Day Service
  • Where: Concord RSL, Nirranda Street, Concord West
  • When: Tuesday, 25 April at 5.15-8am (5am march to Concord RSL Club from Normal St). Hosted by: Concord RSL with support from City of Canada Bay.
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