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Centenary of the First World War Armistice

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published October 7th 2018
1918 - 2018
It was at 11 am on the 11th of November in 1918 that an agreement to stop fighting was signed by France, Britain and Germany. This significant meeting brought the Great War to an end. As soon as the news was known, cities and towns around Australia and the world erupted into celebrations. Four years of bloody war was over but not before nearly 62,000 Australians died while fighting in the brutal conflict.

British soldiers moving forward during the Battle of Broodseinde. Photo by Ernest Brooks.
British soldiers moving forward during the Battle of Broodseinde. Photo by Ernest Brooks.


In 2018, the 11th of November will mark 100 years since the Armistice was signed. To commemorate the ending of World War 1 and there are dozens of events happening all across the state.

Memorial events have already begun with "Service Voices" on Radio Adelaide on 8th October (you can catch the podcast online if you missed out) and "Don't Forget Me Cobber" fundraising lunch in the William Magarey Room at the Adelaide Oval on October 12th. The commemorations continue past the 11th with a charity cricket match being held on the 18th of November at Payneham Oval.

Armistice Day, North Terrace, Adelaide
Armistice Day, North Terrace, Adelaide (photo courtesty State Library of South Australia)


Listed below are a few of the events being held in the lead-up and those being held on Remembrance Day. Click here for more information on what's on and where and to also submit your own Centenary event

RSL-SA Centenary of Armistice Breakfast
Marking the official commencement of the RSL of SA Remembrance Day program, a breakfast will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on North Terrace in the City from 7am to 8.45am on Thursday 1st of November, 2018

10th/27th Battalion, RSAR Freedom Of Entry March
The 10th/27th Battalion, Royal South Australian Regiment (10th/27th RSAR) will be conducting a Freedom of Entry March on Saturday 3rd of November 2018, starting at 10.30am.
The Battalion will step off from the southern end of Victoria Square, proceed along King William Street and conclude at the Torrens Parade Ground.

Centenary of the Armistice Event War Widows Guild SA Branch Screening of 'Paris or The Bush'
The War Widows Guild SA Branch will host the screening of 'Paris or The Bush' to be held at the Regal Theatre, Kensington Park on Sunday 4th November 2018.

'Leane Times' by Wendy Frew
Leane Times is a book that documents the story of Thomas and Alice Leane's five sons and six grandsons who enlisted in the First AIF in 1914. They saw action at Gallipoli and France, where four of them were killed in action. The book will be launched by His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, at the Prospect RSL clubrooms, Menzies Crescent, Prospect, at 3pm on Sunday the 11th of November 2018.

Armistice Day
Family reads newspaper on Armistice Day (photo courtesy Wikipedia)


RSL Remembrance Day Services:

RSL-SA. Adelaide CBD
10.45am - 11.30am
Tiger Moth flyover and aerial poppy drop will feature.
There will also be the opportunity to view military vehicles and research family members military history at the Torrens Parade Ground and Drill Hall at the conclusion of the service.
Road closures will apply to North Terrace and Kintore Avenue prior and until after the service.
South Australian National War Memorial, Corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide

Auburn RSL
Service will commence at 10.45am
St Vincent Street, Auburn.

Burra RSL Sub Branch
The service will commence at 10.30am and include an unveiling and the rededication of a Krupp field gun.
Market Square Military Monument, Market Street, Burra

Clare RSL
10.45am, Clare RSL Clubrooms
Burton Street, Clare

Echunga RSL
10.15am. The opening will be followed by a short church service and then a Remembrance Day Service at the Memorial Gardens.
Echunga Memorial Gardens, Echunga Road, Echunga

Largs Bay RSL - doors open at 10.40am, with the service at 11am.
17 Carnarvon Terrace, Largs Bay
Light snacks will be served afterwards.

The Thin Red Line by Harold H. Piffard
The Thin Red Line by Harold H. Piffard (photo courtesy Wikepedia)


Macclesfield
The Remembrance Day service will be held in its entirety at the Macclesfield ANZAC Memorial Gardens.
10.45am - 11.30am. Strathalbyn Road, Macclesfield

Moonta RSL and The Moonta and District Progress Association
Memorial service, Community parade and festival in Queen Square. The parade will be a re-enactment of the parade held in 1915 to raise money for the war effort
10.30am. Moonta Soldiers Memorial, Blanche Terrace, Moonta.

Mt Barker
Mount Barker will feature several activities a commemoration service, street party and a reenactment of the announcement of the end of the war.
10.30am till 3pm
Mann Street (service) and Gawler Street (street party), Mount Barker

Port Vincent RSL
10.25am. Port Vincent War Memorial, Kemp Street, Port Vincent

Salisbury RSL
commencing at 10.35am with a gun firing.
War Memorial, Orange Avenue, Salisbury.
At the completion of the service, a Family Fun Day will be held at the Salisbury RSL.

Walkerville RSL
10.25am - 11.30am
Memorial Rose Garden, Church Terrace, Walkerville

West Terrace Cemetery Remembrance Service
A special service will be held at 6.45pm - 7.45pm at the West Terrace Cemetery

Williamstown and District Historical Society
A service will be held beginning at 10.30am sharp followed by a light lunch at the RSL
10.20am - 1pm. Williamstown RSL / Williamstown Senior Citizen Hall, Memorial Drive, Williamstown


Lest We Forget

Germany surrenders
Germany surrenders. photo courtesy The New York Globe


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