A physical expression of the spirit and legend of ANZAC—dedicated to remembering all Australians who have served their country in the armed forces in wartime or on peacekeeping.
Commemorating the Centenary of the First World War—sustaining remembrance of past sacrifices into the future.
Join us in remembrance of the men and women who have served Australia. Entry is free.
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1916— Australian troops fighting overseas in WW1 enlisted voluntarily. The Commonwealth had power to compel military training for all men aged 18 to 60 for service but only within Australia. The Prime Minister proposed an extension of this power, the CONSCRIPTION REFERENDUM, to make all men liable for overseas service in the wake of enormous losses on the Western Front and a decline in the number of volunteer enlistments.
Australians voted on this proposal on this day and it was defeated. The Australian Imperial Force remained a volunteer army