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ANZAC Cottage Open Day

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The organisation that inspired a community
The Men and Women who built ANZAC Cottage
The men of the Mount Hawthorn Progress Association: from the left; John Beveridge, Secretary of the Association, Sid Gibson, the building co-ordinator and Frank Kelsall, President of the Association.

Prejudiced, certainly (a sign of the times), but also, strong in their faith and committed to a project that still resonates over one hundred years later.

Anzac Cottage Open Day on Sunday, October 12017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm will feature talks at 1:30pm and 2:30pm, explaining who the men and women of the Mount Hawthorn Progress Association were, why they undertook such a huge project and how they inspired a remarkable demonstration of community spirit in difficult times.

The Men and Women who built ANZAC Cottage
ANZAC Builders: Some of the workers who erected ANZAC Cottage. 

Formed in 1904, with the primary objective of ensuring that the newly formed tramway system would service the young suburb of Mount Hawthorn, subsequently accomplished, the Mount Hawthorn Progress Association, continued working for the benefit of Mount Hawthorn and its residents in the growing metropolitan area.

The Men and Women who built ANZAC Cottage
Tired but cheerful, group of drinks and tearooms assistants, taken on building day.

The men of the Mount Hawthorn Progress Association initiated the concept of the construction of a memorial to those who had lost their lives at Gallipoli, that would also serve as a home for a returned wounded soldier, Private John Porter and his family. This Association, aided by the Ladies Guild co-ordinated a huge fundraising effort followed by the actual construction of the building.

The Men and Women who built ANZAC Cottage
A group of ladies who assisted in various stages of the work. 

Anne Chapple will reveal more about the Association, the men and women who were part of the group and pay tribute to those who selflessly lent their time and skills to build this historic building in just one day in February 1916.

Entry is free with afternoon tea available for a gold coin donation.

All are welcome to attend this important event, and access more information about ANZAC Cottage, by emailing, or calling Anne on 0411 44 55 82. Check updates on their Facebook page, and while you are at it, check this out.

Images are courtesy of the Friends of ANZAC Cottage collection from the booklet, 'ANZAC Cottage: Souvenir of the Monument Erected at Mt Hawthorn 1916'. Artwork is by John F.
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Why? Hear about tough people in tough times who inspired a community; in the living memorial they built.
When: Sunday October 1, 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm with talks at 1:30pm and 2:30pm.
Phone: Anne on 0411 445 582 or email
Where: 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mount Hawthorn.
Cost: FREE ENTRY and a gold coin donation for afternoon tea.
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