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Tasmanian Government - Centenary of ANZAC

Centenary of ANZAC Newsletter

March 2015

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Guy Barnett MP
2015 is a significant year for the Centenary of ANZAC commemoration program as in the coming weeks we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli. In Tasmania, we are well positioned to mark this occasion with the respect and dignity it deserves. 
Across Tasmania many activities are being planned or have already been run and there is an increasing awareness of the commemoration program. This is largely due to the dedicated efforts of a range of people in the community who are the driving force and inspiration behind many of our Tasmanian commemoration activities. On that note, I would like to commend all who have been involved in the planning and hosting of events, those who have shared their stories and photographs, and also to those who have attended a Centenary of ANZAC event or activity.

Of particular note was the commitment by the Federal Government to insert $1.1 million into the finalisation of Soldiers Memorial Avenue and $300 000 for the Flame of Remembrance.

To mark 25 April 2015, many services and events are planned across the Tasmania. I encourage you all to attend to recognise the service and sacrifice of our fallen soldiers, their families and those who continue to serve their country. Find an event near you at

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish any Tasmanian travelling to Gallipoli and the Western Front for ANZAC Day all the best. To the two groups of Tasmanian students travelling overseas as part of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize and the Centenary of ANZAC Competition, you are about to embark on a life changing experience and I look forward to following your pilgrimage via the respective Facebook pages: Guy Barnett MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier

Grants announced

The Centenary of ANZAC Grants Program reflects the Tasmanian Government's commitment to supporting the Centenary of ANZAC and recognising Tasmanians who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

The second $50 000 grant round closed on 24 October 2014.
Twenty-seven applications totalling $117 364 were received, with 14 being funded. Congratulations to the following organisations on their successful application:
  • Northern Midlands RSL Sub Branch
  • South Arm RSL Sub Branch Inc.
  • Derwent Valley Council
  • Families and Friends of the First AIF
  • Polish Ex-servicemen’s Association
  • Sheffield RSL Sub Branch
  • Rose Bay High School
  • Dominic College
  • Smithton RSL Sub Branch
  • The Rotary Club of Claremont
  • Military Heritage Foundation of Tasmania
  • Friends of Soldiers Memorial Avenue
  • Lilydale District School
  • Greater Hobart RSL Sub Branch
The next grant round will be opened in the second half of 2015.
2014 15 Centenary of ANZAC Grant Panel
Centenary of ANZAC Grant Panel (left-right)  
Mr Tony Scott OAM, Mr Nick Murnane, Mr Terry Roe and Ms Sam Davis.
First ANZAC Day in Hobart 1916

Take part in ANZAC Day 2015

ANZAC Day, originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, has become a day on which we remember the service and sacrifice by Australian service men and women in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. It’s a day on which Australians reflect on the ANZAC spirit, its place in Australia's history and how it affects us today.

ANZAC Day 2015 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, and we encourage all Tasmanians to get involved in the Tasmanian Centenary of ANZAC Commemorations.

There are many ways to participate on ANZAC Day, wherever you may be in Tasmania. From the Dawn Service at Hobart’s Cenotaph to the march in your local community. However you choose to mark the day, make sure you take the time to commemorate and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the beautiful country in which we live.

To find an ANZAC Day commemoration activity near you visit Centenary of ANZAC website or RSL Tasmania's website.

News in brief

  • Next time you're near the Claremont Plaza, pop in and have a look at the World War I interpretive panels that have been developed and installed. The Plaza is honouring six young local men who left our island for the World War I battlefields.
  • More historic dates have been added to the Centenary of ANZAC Timeline on the Centenary of ANZAC website.  Have a read and extend your knowledge of Tasmania's involvement in wars and conflicts. Please send us other historic dates that are missing from the timeline to so we can include them.
  • The Anzac Portal: Education and Community Awareness  is the Department of Veterans' Affairs' free, dedicated resource for all Australians wishing to learn more about Australia’s experience of war. The portal brings together personal stories, historical information and educational resources.
  • All current and former serving members of the ADF and their partners across Australia are invited to particpate  in a six week walking challenge where teams of five record their daily steps that are then mapped against significant ANZAC battlefields of Gallipoli in 1915.
  • Watch this short historical film about members of the Tasmanian Expeditionary Force in 1914. Much of the footage is shot at the Brighton Army Camp in Hobart.
Map of Gallipoli Sheet 2 from 19 April 1915  published by the War Office

Winner of The Lost Diggers book announced......

Congratulations to Michele King of Campbell Town Tasmania, who is the lucky winner of Ross Coulthart's book 'The Lost Diggers'.
Thanks to all those who have liked us on Facebook page or subscribed to our newsletter - your support is appreciated.
Please continue to share our pages and spread the word to your friends and family so they too can be involved in this significant commemoration for our nation.

Centenary of ANZAC launch footage and photos

More photos and video footage of the launch can be viewed at

Current and upcoming events

Operation SLIPPER Commemoration Parade

21 March 2015
10.15am - 11.50am
Hobart Cenotaph

Unveiling of Corporal Cameron Baird VC's name on the Victoria Cross memorial

30 March 2015
10.15am - 11.30am
Hobart Cenotaph

Centenary of ANZAC Dinner

17 April 2015
7.00pm - 11.30pm
Wrest Point Casino

Centenary of ANZAC Concert

18 April 2015
7.00pm - 10.30pm
Door of Hope, Launceston.

Remembrance - Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

18 April 2015
7.30pm - 10.30pm
Federation Concert Hall, Hobart.

From Penquin to the Great War exhibition 19 April 2015

Penguin Railway Rooms, Penguin.

To find an event in your local area visit:
World War One miners

Did you know?

A group of miners, operating in total secrecy, dug tunnels up to 100 feet long (about 30 metres) underground to plant and detonate mines beneath the enemy's trenches. Their biggest success was at Messines Ridge in Belgium where over 900,000 pounds (about 408 000 kilograms or 408 tons) of explosives were simultaneously detonated. Much of the German front line was destroyed, and the explosions were heard 140 miles away by the British Prime Minister in Downing Street. London.
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