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.

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On this day

On this day
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1942 — 2/24th Battalion captured a German radio interception and intelligence unit, effectively blinding Rommel in North Africa

1943 — 3 and 450 Squadron, RAAF, and eight Australian warships, were part of a force of some 180,000 troops and 2,590 ships involved in the invasion of SICILY