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
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor