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Tasmanian Government - Centenary of ANZAC

Centenary of ANZAC Newsletter

August 2015

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Guy Barnett MP
Several months have now passed since ANZAC Day 2015 – the 100th anniversary of the original Gallipoli landings - and, in reflecting on the many commemorative activities held across the State, I’m proud of how Tasmanians marked this important occasion. Attendance at Dawn Services, parades and marches was at record highs with thousands braving the cold to remember the sacrifice of our servicemen and women.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the individuals, RSLs, organisations, committees and volunteers who contributed to this year’s commemorations. Without their enthusiasm and dedication these events would not have been the success that they were.
While ANZAC Day 2015 is now behind us, a number of important events are still to occur during the coming months and years of the Centenary of ANZAC commemorative period.
The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine was commemorated earlier this month. This Battle was a bloody, close-quarters action that resulted in 2 277 Australian casualties and seven Victoria Crosses being awarded. An article on the August Offensive, of which Lone Pine was a part, features later in this newsletter.
Australia has been involved in over a century of service and it's our job to continue to educate the younger generation.  We continue to ask people to use the official Centenary of ANZAC calendar of events to ensure that we give Tasmanians the best chance to be involved.

The Tasmanian Government's third round of the Centenary of ANZAC Grants is now open. To date we have funded 31 projects, delivering worthwhile and meaningful outcomes to Tasmanian communities. You can read about these or download the new Guidelines on the Centenary of ANZAC website.

August is also National Family History Month. It is a great opportunity for people to delve into their family history and discover fascinating information about their ancestors.  At the same time, why not share any discoveries made of family members that served during a past conflict with us. You can read past shared stories or share your own on our website.

Guy Barnett MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
Scenes from different battles during the August Offensive

August Offensive

After three long months of stalemate on the Gallipoli peninsula, the August Offensive was the last major attempt by Allied forces to capture Turkish strongpoints. It saw some of the bloodiest battles since the landings at Gallipoli, with troops fighting desperate battles at Lone Pine, The Chessboard, The Nek, The Farm and Hill 971, to name a few.

The Offensive's purpose was to allow the Allied forces to break the deadlock on the peninsula and advance from the ANZAC beachhead below the Sari Bair Range. However, the appalling terrain, complexity of the plan and difficult objectives were too much for the already exhausted troops. The Offensive was ultimately unsuccessful, resulting in heavy human and material loss, with the Allies eventually evacuated Gallipoli in December 2015.

Keep checking into our Calendar of Events for commemorative services during August. The Australian War Memorial will be hosting special Last Post Ceremonies throughout the month. You can stream these ceremonies live daily at 4.55pm.

Grants open

The Centenary of ANZAC Grants Program is now open. The Program has a total funding pool of $50 000 available to projects, events and activities that commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC in Tasmania.

Grants of up to $5 000 will be made available to eligible organisations through a competitive application process.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • commemorate major World War One anniversaries that will occur in 2016;
  • commemorate other significant anniversaries of events that occurred in all wars and conflicts that Australia has participated in; and
  • have an educational value, such as school projects, exhibitions, and other projects that give a detailed account of World War One and the involvement of Tasmanians.

If you're thinking of holding a community event, publishing a book, organising a theatrical performance or commemorating the Centenary of ANZAC in some other way, download a copy of the Guidelines and apply now on the Centenary of ANZAC website.

The Centenary of ANZAC Grants Program closes at 5 pm on 11 September 2015.

2015-16 Centenary of ANZAC Grants Open
First ANZAC Day in Hobart 1916

Sheffield mural depicts Centenary of ANZAC

Sheffield is a town famous for its murals, but until recently there was no mural depicting the town’s involvement in military history and the local people who went to war. The Sheffield RSL Sub Branch’s Anzac Centenary Project Committee set about changing this and started planning a Centenary of ANZAC mural and garden.

The mural is a depiction of the Centenary of ANZAC and captures 100 years of military history in an artwork that is 10.5 metres long and 2.4 metres high. 

“The main image is like a timeline starting with World War One with mounted horsemen, then depictions of other conflicts and moving through to modern times to Desert Storm and soldiers serving in Afghanistan,” Damian Rossiter, mural artist said.

Damian also said he enjoyed painting the mural and working with people and history.

“My great-granddad was a mounted rifleman from New Zealand.  My nan gave me some of his military items to hold onto while doing the mural.  My nan was pretty emotional when she saw the mounted riflemen on the mural.”

To continuing reading visit the Centenary of ANZAC website.

Feature story...... 

       '…a sniper shot at him. He called out “missed!” and the next minute another shot killed him. I saw him lying dead’.

Private Bulmer 763A recalled the death of Private Alfred Harwood on 10 July 1918 at Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Alfred Gordon Harwood was born in South Hobart, Tasmania. On 24 August 1915, at the tender age of 18, he enlisted and served during World War One in Egypt and France.
Private Harwood served with the 20th Battalion.  He was killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux  on 10 July 1918. According to Private G. H. Adams, Private Harwood was “…just coming into the post from No Man’s Land where he had been reconnoitring when he was shot in the head”.

Private Harwood, aged 21, was originally buried at Villers Bretonneux on 19 July 1918. His brother, Patrick, who was also serving in France, was informed of his death and shown Alfred’s grave.

On 27 April 1920, Eileen Harwood, Alfred's sister, was advised by the Major Office in charge of Base Records that her brother’s remains would be exhumed (dug-up) and re-interred (re-buried) at Crucifix Corner British Cemetery - one mile South-Southeast of Villers-Bretonneux - and that “this work would be carried out with every measure of care and reverence in the presence of a Chaplain”. To this day, inscribed on Harwood's grave is 'Native of Hobart' which would have been be chosen by a family member.

We would like to thank the Harwood family for sharing this story with us.  To continue reading Private Harwood's story visit the Centenary of ANZAC website.

Spirit of ANZAC
Centenary Experience

The Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience is coming to Tasmania soon. Tickets are free and are now available for both the Hobart and Launceston events.

Launceston Silverdome: 26 September - 2 October.

Hobart Derwent Entertainment Centre: 14 October - 20 October.

The travelling exhibition will offer an interactive commemorative experience using visuals, museum-quality artefacts, audio and film. A key feature of the exhibition will be a ‘local stories’ zone featuring contributions from Tasmanian communities.

The exhibition will contain many rare and unique artefacts that will be touring our nation for the first time. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Tasmanians to see the collection so close to home.

For more information or to register your interest visit the official website.

Current and upcoming events

Gallipoli: Then & Now exhibition

31 July 2015 - 22 August 2015
9.30am - 5.30pm daily
Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart.

From home to Gallipoli: What our World War One soldiers ate!

18 August 2015
1.00pm - 2.00pm
The Hub, Level 2, 91 Murray Street, Hobart

Vietnam Veterans Day

18 August 2015
11.45am - 12.30pm
Hobart Cenotaph, Queens Domain.

The Annual Bowen Lectures

13 September 2015
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Bowen Lodge, Freemason's Hall, Lindisfarne

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

Did you know?

The trenches of World War One were given names.
Trenches came into existence as a way for soldiers to protect themselves against the enemy firepower. Over time, they developed into huge networks and began to all look the same. To overcome this, trenches were given names so that soldiers could easily identify them.
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