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Commemoration of Animals at War

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
A Special Open Day at ANZAC House
From mighty war-horses to camels, mules, and tracker dogs, throughout history animals have always played a role in warfare. While some, such as cavalry horses, were present on the frontline of the battlefield, others played a supporting role, transporting supplies, rescuing wounded soldiers, carrying messages - or simply boosting the morale of battle-weary troops as mascots. On Saturday, November 7th, ANZAC Cottage in Mount Hawthorne will be holding a very special open day, commemorating the contribution of such animals during times of war.

Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial / Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial / Wikimedia Commons

Anzac Cottage was built in 1916 by local citizens as a family home for the first wounded soldier to return from the Gallipoli campaign. These days it's famous as being Australia's oldest First World War memorial, and regular open days are now held there, often featuring exhibitions and special talks. Coinciding with Open House Perth, Commemoration of Animals at War is one such event.

Commemoration of Animals at War will be a wonderful opportunity for visitors to reflect on an aspect of military history that's not often examined. It's also a topic that children as well as adults will find interesting, making it a great family outing. There will be two talks on the topic during the day the first at 11.30am and a second at 2.30pm recounting many stories of how creatures great and small faithfully served alongside their masters during various conflicts. In addition, visitors are welcome to wander through Anzac House and learn more about its history from the knowledgeable volunteers who will be present on the day.

Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum / Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum / Wikimedia Commons

In conclusion, if you're looking for an interesting, informative and affordable outing close to Perth, be sure to mark this one into your weekly planner. Commemoration of Animals at War will be taking place at Anzac House (38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mt Hawthorn) on Saturday November 7th from 10am until 5pm. Entry to the event is free, and light refreshments will be available for a gold coin donation. To find out more, email or call Anne on 0411 44 55 82. You can also visit this webpage for more information about ANZAC Cottage.
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Why? To learn more about a fascinating aspect of military history
When: Saturday November 7, 10am - 5pm
Phone: 0411 44 55 82
Where: ANZAC Cottage, 38 Kalgoorlie St, Mt Hawthorn
Cost: Free
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