Anzac Day is a day of remembrance for all Australians, and in 2017 we remember the centenary of World War 1 and the terrible war in Europe. From 1914 until 1918, families around Australia were torn apart as the result of this terrible conflict, and country towns were hit particularly hard.
A sense of patriotism and loyalty led thousands of men to volunteer to fight in places they had never heard of Their women rallied to support them in Cheer Up Huts in Adelaide, and around South Australia. The story of these dedicated women was told in the spectacular Violet Verses sound and light show in 2015.
Violet Verses at Torrens Parade Ground Remembered Women and Cheer Up Clubs
To commemorate Anzac Day 2017 a series of free Anzac Day projections in South Australia has been produced by Illuminart, with the support of Veterans SA and the History Trust of South Australia. They have partnered with local artists to produce individual projection displays tailored for each location. All of the ANZAC Day projections will be shown at night, similar to the amazing Story Wall at the State Library.
These colourful Anzac Day projections will take place in four places around South Australia, and will share the unique stories of each regional communities' contributions to Australia's Anzac Legacy. Many of the stories were collected as part of the Cheer Up Hut Club which toured regional South Australia.
Spectacular Displays Commemorate the Horrors of War
The stories will highlight how South Australians quickly volunteered for service, how families around the State were affected by the four year long First World War, and the ways that regional communities responded with support, fundraising, and commemoration after the war ended. They are stories of misguided patriotism, tragedy, heroism and hurt, courage and conviction.
Illuminart is renown for telling powerful and moving stories in a spectacular fashion. If you can find any way to see one or more of these free ANZAC Day Projections in SA, make sure you go.
Anzac Day Projection at Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL
Semaphore At the Semaphore and Port Adelaide RSL Club the ANZAC Day projections will take place at the front of the building, from 6-9pm on Monday evening. Members of the RSL, his family and friends have contributed to tell the story of local man "Diver" Derrick, a Victoria Cross medalist from World War 2. Lead artist: Sammi Lane)
Victor Harbor At Victor Harbor, the projections take place at 13 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor on Anzac Day from 5-5.45am. It focuses on World War 2 widow and former Legacy President Rhonda Loxton: her love of a sailor, his service on the HMAS Australia, and the legacy of war on both of them.
The projection will also be repeated at the Victa Cinema, Victor
Harbor - date and time TBA.
(Lead artists: Nisa Schebella and Care Vaughan)
Diaries of Leo Terrell - on the Story Wall at the State Library
Port Pirie's ANZAC Day projections take place at the Northern Festival Centre wall in Memorial Park at sunset on Anzac Day. More details here. The projections will feature stories from Port Pirie including those of digger Leo Turrell.
(Lead artist: Kellie Higginbottom)
ANZAC Day projections are at the War Memorial in Eyre Park, opposite Port Lincoln Hotel on Anzac Day from 6-6.20am. The display tells a very moving story of humanity, started as World War I soldier Edgar Parham lay dying at Fromelles in France.
(Lead artist: Sue Wegener)