Ceremony to mark the Centenary of the Commencement of the First World War

1 August 2014

The Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Mr Mike Baird MP, accompanied by NSW Cabinet Ministers, will host a ceremony to mark the centenary of the commencement of the First World War at 11am on Monday 4 August at the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park South.

Members of the community are welcome to attend and should gather at the ANZAC Memorial from 10.45am.

Following Britain’s declaration of war on 4 August 1914, Australia along with other British Empire nations found themselves also at war. As the most populous and developed state at the time, NSW felt the impact intensely. Tens of thousands of soldiers never returned home and were buried where they died on the battlefields of Turkey, France, Belgium and Palestine.

The ANZAC memorial in Hyde Park is the State’s principal memorial to the heavy casualties of the First World War and a fitting place to reflect on the grief and sacrifice of this war.

The Premier will acknowledge the significance of the centenary of the commencement of the First World War with a short remembrance and wreath laying ceremony.

Mandatory credit: Copyright Benjamin Townsend, all rights reserved. www.btphotography.com.au

On this day

On this day
19 February

1915 — Allied warships attempted to force a passage through the Dardanelles, (Turkey). The failure of this attempt led to the disastrous GALLIPOLI campaign

1942 — 188 Japanese aircraft attacked DARWIN. There was second attack later this day, the first two of 64 attacks on Darwin over the next 20 months. At least 243 people were killed in the attacks, including WG CDR A. Tindal, who became the first Royal Australian Air Force member to die on active service on Australian soil

1943 — Parliament approved the Defence (Citizens Military Forces) Bill, introducing conscription for service in the south west Pacific war zone