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ANZAC Cottage in World War II

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Returning the favour
John Porter, the original recipient of ANZAC Cottage enjoying the front garden with old friends. Photo from Friends of ANZAC Cottage Collection.
John Porter, the original recipient of ANZAC Cottage enjoying the front garden with old friends. Photo from Friends of ANZAC Cottage Collection.

While ANZAC Cottage's connections to World War I are well known and recognised, its role as a memorial was honoured and acknowledged during the next significant conflict, World War II. This took on many forms by many people, including some of the community members who helped to build the Cottage and members of the Porter family who worked to 'return the favour'.

This topic will be the focus of two talks on Sunday, August 6 at 1:30pm and 2:30pm when the Friends of ANZAC Cottage host the Open Day entitled 'ANZAC Cottage in World War II'.

Community service and two wars

Several of the men who helped to build ANZAC Cottage went on to enlist in World War I and some, even though they suffered injuries and illness, went on to enlist in World War II. One of these men was Francis Seddon Kelsall (pictured below).

Francis Seddon Kelsall was a member of the Mt Hawthorn community who helped to build ANZAC Cottage. Francis (more often called Seddon) went on to enlist in World War I and subsequently World War II. Photo from Army Service records,áNational Archives of Australia.
Francis Seddon Kelsall was a member of the Mt Hawthorn community who helped to build ANZAC Cottage. Francis (more often called Seddon) went on to enlist in World War I and subsequently World War II. Photo from Army Service records,áNational Archives of Australia.

Porters pay it forward

Officially opened on April 15, 1916 with the honour of living in Anzac Cottage given to Private Cuthbert John Porter, who returned wounded on the first Ballarat landing at Albany on July 31, 1915. Private Porter and his family lived in the Cottage until his death in 1964. Formally taking over the property on April 16, 2016 and raising the Australian flag every dawn for 48 years.

Two of Private Porter's daughter's, Doreen and Marjorie were air raid wardens during the early years of World War II. Private Porter's youngest daughter, Marjorie enlisted in the Australian Women's Army Service, and in that service manned searchlights in the Fremantle area, spotting enemy aircraft. All of Private Porter's daughters married World War II servicemen.

Marjorie Porter, (Private Porter's youngest daughter) in training in aircraft spotting in Wagga. Marjorie served in the AWAS in World War II. Photo from Australian War Memorial Photo 4079120 (P00197.013).
Marjorie Porter, (Private Porter's youngest daughter) in training in aircraft spotting in Wagga. Marjorie served in the AWAS in World War II. Photo from Australian War Memorial Photo 4079120 (P00197.013).

Marjorie Porter, youngest daughter of Private Porter, who served in the AWAS during World War II with her fiancÚ, Sgt Ivor Williams of the 2/43rd Battalion in the occasion of their engagement in 1944. Photo from Friends of ANZAC Cottage Collection.
Marjorie Porter, youngest daughter of Private Porter, who served in the AWAS during World War II with her fiancÚ, Sgt Ivor Williams of the 2/43rd Battalion in the occasion of their engagement in 1944. Photo from Friends of ANZAC Cottage Collection.

Mrs. Porter (Annie) always welcomed servicemen and women who were far from home, offering them the comfort of a family gathering. Photo from Friends of ANZAC Cottage Collection.
Mrs. Porter (Annie) always welcomed servicemen and women who were far from home, offering them the comfort of a family gathering. Photo from Friends of ANZAC Cottage Collection.

ANZAC Cottage (lots of information here), located at 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mt Hawthorn, will be open from 1:00pm to 4:00pm with free entry and afternoon tea available for a gold coin donation.

A reminder, too, that the Friends of ANZAC Cottage are collecting information on servicemen and women who served in any conflict, and who are or have been associated with the City of Vincent.

For more information on the Open Day or the collection of veteran's details please contact Anne by emailing chapan@highway1.com.au or call 0411 44 55 82. Their Facebook page is a great way to keep in touch with the Cottage.

Photos: courtesy of Friends of ANZAC Cottage unless otherwise noted. Artwork: by John F.
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Why? What is the World War II connection?
When: Sunday August 6, 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm with talks at 1:30pm and 2:30pm
Phone: Anne on 0411 445 582 or email chapan@highway1.com.au
Where: 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mount Hawthorn
Cost: FREE ENTRY and a gold coin donation for afternnon tea
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