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ANZAC Day Sunset Service at ANZAC Cottage 2018

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Family friendly service at the memorial built for a family
ANZAC Day Sunset Service at ANZAC Cottage 2018. The unique ANZAC flag will be featured on the day. It is speculated that this flag is the only one in existence in Australia.
The unique ANZAC flag will be featured on the day. It is speculated that this flag is the only one in existence in Australia.

"At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them". These evocative words written by Laurence Binyon in his poem 'For the Fallen' continue to resonate over a century after the words were published in 'The Times' in September 1914.

The Friends of ANZAC Cottage honour these words, the sentiment and the veterans of all wars at their annual ANZAC Day Sunset Service. Thought to be the last ANZAC Day service on the Australian mainland each year and conducted at the Cottage for the past 22 years, will commence at 5:15pm.

This service also honours the community members who paid their respects to those who fought for our freedom by constructing this brick and tile Cottage in one day in February 1916, as a memorial and as a home for a returned wounded soldier and his family.

Given this inspiring history, the Sunset Service has a strong community focus with an informal ceremony, reminiscent of those citizens of long ago who gave their skills, their time and in many cases their hard-won money to build this long-lasting memorial. Thus, the day is an extremely child friendly and moving family experience.

Free wreath making for children

ANZAC Day Sunset Service at ANZAC Cottage 2018. Children can make a wreath to place at the flagpole during the ceremony.
Children can make a wreath to place at the flagpole during the ceremony.

Prior to the service, beginning at 4:00pm, there will be a free wreath making workshop for children to make their personal wreath, to lay at the flagpole during the Sunset Service. This activity encourages children to be an active part of the ceremony and is marked by the respect and solemnity with which the children participate each year.

One of a kind

ANZAC Day Sunset Service at ANZAC Cottage 2018. The unique ANZAC flag will be raised.
The unique ANZAC flag will be raised.

The unique ANZAC flag, featured on the day, is speculated to be the only one in existence in Australia. Private Porter raised this flag every ANZAC Day at 4:30am, the time that the soldiers landed at ANZAC Cove, a ritual that continues to this day.

History at first hand

ANZAC Day Sunset Service at ANZAC Cottage 2018. Dedicated to Private Porter, the recipient of ANZAC Cottage.
Dedicated to Private Porter, the recipient of ANZAC Cottage.

Talks about the Cottage's history are conducted by Private Porter's granddaughter, Anne Chapple, at 3:30pm and repeated at 4:30pm. Private Porter was the lucky recipient of the Cottage and lived with his family in the Cottage until his death in 1964.

The Field of Remembrance

ANZAC Day Sunset Service at ANZAC Cottage 2018. Take time to read the names on the crosses in 'The Field of Remembrance'.
Take time to read the names on the crosses in 'The Field of Remembrance'.

The 'Field of Remembrance' is an installation of white crosses, named for fallen veterans of all wars, and have been dedicated by family members.

Animals at War

ANZAC Day Sunset Service at ANZAC Cottage 2018. Remembering, the animals who also served.
Remembering, the animals who also served.

In 2018, a memorial installed at the Cottage to commemorate the animals that served alongside our defence forces, gives an opportunity to also honour the role they played during wartime, in saving lives and comforting those so far from home.

Take a peek at the portrait of Walter Farrell and Jack the Rooster, a finalist in the Gallipoli Art Prize 2018.

When and where

The Cottage, situated at 38 Kalgoorlie St, Mt Hawthorn will be open from 3:00pm to 6:00pm with free entry and afternoon tea for a gold coin donation.

Open 3:00pm
Talks 3.30pm and 4.30pm
From 4:00pm free children's wreath making
5:15pm Sunset Service
6:00pm Close


All are welcome to attend this important event (No bookings necessary), and access more information about ANZAC Cottage, by emailing chapan@highway1.com.au, or calling Anne on 0411 44 55 82. Check updates on their Facebook page, and learn a little more about the Cottage and its importance to our history.


Photos are courtesy of Friends of ANZAC Cottage, unless otherwise noted in the article. Image of "Colorful Sky At Sunset" courtesy of Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Artwork and photo manipulation by John F.
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Why? 'Remember them' in a family friendly service at the memorial built for a family
When: ANZAC Day, April 25, 2018. Open from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Service at 5:15pm. Talks at 3.30pm and 4:30pm and free children's wreath making from 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 and afternoon tea for a gold coin donation
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