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ANZAC Cottage: Post Centenary Reflections

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The Friends of ANZAC Cottage invites you to an open day on Sunday, March 6 to view photographs of their centenary weekend and help prepare the next time capsule.

ANZAC Cottage time capsule
The Western Australian Great War Living History Association had a great display of World War I military equipment and materials.

In February, ANZAC Cottage celebrated its 100th birthday. Whether you attended or missed out, come down and help create history. Participate in placing relevant objects for people in the next century to marvel or at least wonder what we were up to.


Come, view the photos of their amazing celebratory weekend, and help them refill and seal the time capsule at 2.30pm. However, I do not expect any of the excellent Centenary cake to be available for placing.

Visitors are encouraged to bring items of current interest to place in the time capsule


Will there still be Clydesdales in a hundred years and will James Blundell's music still be heard in the same way?



Did you snap a duck?

In the mad whirl of activity that was the ANZAC Cottage Centenary, it seems that they missed getting any photos of their wonderful creative duck exhibition. If any of the people who came to the Cottage over the Centenary weekend have photos, please call Anne on 0411 44 55 82 or email chapan@highway1.com.au.


You may ask, "Why the ducks?" In 1916, when the cottage was opened eight-dozen ducks were auctioned. Not being keen to deal with 96 real ducks, inanimate ones seemed easier to cope with though most 'ducked out' on being photographed.

A personal connection

ANZAC Cottage stained glass over front door.
A warm welcome to the entrance of ANZAC Cottage.

ANZAC Cottage, Mount Hawthorn, has the unique position in Australia of being the first memorial built to the Great War. Private Cuthbert John Porter the recipient, living in the cottage for 48 years, raising the Australian flag every dawn. Anne Chapple, granddaughter of John Porter, brings a personal aspect to the post centenary reflection.

Owned by the City of Vincent and used as the headquarters for the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (WA Branch) with Friends of ANZAC Cottage maintaining a personal connection to the community.

Open to the public on the first Sunday of each month from 1.00pm to 4.00pm, the Cottage offers free entry and afternoon tea for a gold coin donation. All are welcome to attend and learn more about its unique history in a personal environment.

Check out ANZAC Cottage's Facebook page for any updates to this event or call Anne on 0411 44 55 82.

Light refreshments; tea, coffee and cold drinks will be available for a gold coin donation.

Photos are courtesy of Friends of ANZAC Cottage, Artwork by John F,
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Why? View photos of the centenary weekend, make history and participate in filling and sealing the next time capsule
When: Sunday, March 6 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Phone: Call Anne on 0411 44 55 82 or email chapan@highway1.com.au
Where: ANZAC Cottage, 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mt Hawthorn
Cost: Free entry
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