Remembrance Day

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When the guns fell silent and a treaty came into effect at 11:00am on 11 November 1918, Australia had been at war for four years and three months, fighting battles on the Western Front. The Armistice was met with celebration across the world, and the streets were overwhelmed with people yelling, cheering and dancing. However, it wasn’t until the end of WWII that we chose to commemorate the lives of those lost in both world wars: enter Remembrance Day. It’s been 100 years since that life-altering occasion, and we’re proud to honour all of those who fought – and continue to fight – for our beautiful country.

The long trek

The coming of war, declared on 4 August 1914, caught most Australians by surprise, even though there had been a climate for war for many years. A total of 8,477 railway workers began their 70-day voyage towards the battlefields, stopping at Fremantle, Mauritius, Durham, Cape Town and Sierra Leone before finally arriving at Devonport on 19 July 1917. Many of these troops were stationed in Poperinge, Belgium, and worked for the rail centre there behind the frontline, facilitating the distribution of supplies: for billeting troops, and for casualty clearing stations. Of the 8,477 railway workers who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces and served in Expeditionary Forces in WWI, 1,214 lost their lives in service.

Preserving the fallen

In commemoration of our fallen WWI soldiers, the Honour Rolls were first displayed on the grand concourse at Central Station. During the 1960s, they were removed and remained in storage for more than 55 years where they suffered water, mould and insect damage. Earlier this year in a bid to preserve the memory of the fallen, Sydney Trains and Transport Heritage NSW decided to restore the boards and return them to their original location for public viewing and commemoration.

On the quiet

The tradition of silence on Remembrance Day was actually suggested by Aussie journalist Edward Honey, who thought it would be a ‘sacred’ gesture to acknowledge those who died fighting for peace. Britain’s King at the time, King George V, liked the idea and declared a minute’s silence across the British Empire.

In honour of this day, and the tradition of silence, NSW Railways has created an online exhibition to commemorate the occasion’s centenary, to recognise NSW Railways’ contribution to the war effort both at home and abroad.

Unveiling of the Cenotaph in Martin Place, 1929.The Cenotaph is the site where many Sydney-based men enlisted into the army for World War 1.

Lest we forget

For those in Sydney looking to mark the occasion, the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park will include military bands and choirs, and family activities such as guided tours of the Memorial with creative writing workshops and the option to participate in arts and crafts. While you’re there, be sure to take a look inside The Hall of Service. Constructed to recognise the century of service by Australian servicemen and servicewomen, it features an artwork by Fiona Hall that pays tribute to the people from across NSW who offered to serve in the Great War and the military operations since. For those looking to explore the memories in greater detail, The Ursula Davidson Library holds a comprehensive collection of Defence and Security studies and literature dating from the late 18th century to today. You can also search for your local commemorative event here.

Where: Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park
When: 11 November,10:00am to 4:45pm AEDT
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Contemporary Gallipoli – Katoomba

In the Blue Mountains, Katoomba will be showcasing the touring exhibition Contemporary Gallipoli, curated by Meredith Brice. This exhibition features a diverse array of new works created by both emerging and established artists from Canakkale, near the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey and Australia, whose works unite to take you on an experiential journey of remembrance, and a search for meaning beyond myth and memory.

Where: Blue Mountains City Art GalleryKatoomba, NSW
When:  Until 25 November 2018
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The Song Company Presents One Equal Music – Wollongong

Australia’s leading vocal ensemble, The Song Company, ends their 2018 season program on a high note. Journey with them as they sing of a peace once thought unattainable; a celebration of one hundred years since the ending of the Great War. The poetry of 17th-century metaphysician John Donne and late playwright Douglas Muecke form the twin doors to a world of remembrance and resurgence in a program framed by newly commissioned music by three Australian composers: Ruth McCall, Ella Macens and, in his 75th year, Ross Edwards.

Where: The Song Company, Level 2, 52-58 William Street, Woolloomooloo
10 November 2018
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Remembrance Day Aircraft Showcase – Temora Aviation Museum, Temora

The Remembrance Day Aircraft Showcase will feature all serviceable ex-military aircraft from the Temora Aviation Museum’s collection, which includes the Supermarine Spitfires, CA-13 Boomerang, Cessna O-2A, Gloster Meteor, Lockheed Hudson, Wirraway and Tiger Moth. The day will include a minute’s silence at 11am during the Remembrance Day Showcase, and the Mess Hall will serve freshly cooked food and cold refreshments. Or you could pick up a barista-made coffee and set up your own picnic in the shaded seating or grassed areas.

Where: Temora Aviation Museum, 1 Tom Moon Avenue, Temora
When: 10am to 4pm
Cost: Adults: $25. Adults over 65 years: $20. Child (three to 16 years): $15. Family (two adults and two children): $65.
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