The building of ANZAC Cottage in 1916 was essentially a family affair, with men, women and children all contributing in some way to this community endeavour. Reflecting this foundation and the importance of family to our veterans, the Friends of ANZAC Cottage have ensured that ANZAC Day at ANZAC Cottage has a strong family focus. This includes the free wreath making workshop for children commencing at 4:00pm, and the Field of Remembrance commemorating those lost in warfare.
Other experiences on ANZAC Day, with the Cottage open from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, include the Ngaru Pou Maori Cultural Group acknowledging the 'NZ' in ANZAC, and the family friendly music of Random Axe, culminating with the evocative Sunset Service commencing at 5:15pm, the last ANZAC Day Service on the Australian mainland.
Family focus at ANZAC Cottage
Children can make a wreath to place at the flagpole during the Sunset Service.
Prior to the service, beginning at 4:00pm, the children can participate in a free wreath making workshop. Guided by workshop leaders, the children work on their creations which they then lay at the flagpole as an integral part of the Sunset Service. Thus, the respect and honour shown by these young people indicates that the observance of ANZAC Day and all that it represents will continue.
The captivating effect of the setting sun as ANZAC Cottage prepares for the service.
Participation in the Sunset Service by the children will include the professional and exemplary assistance offered by the young cadets of the 57 Australian Cadet Unit (Morley). Consequently, these young cadets perform several tasks before, during and after the service ranging from assisting with set-up and packing up, meeting, and greeting attendees, raising the flag, and standing vigil over the memorials at the Cottage.
The Ngaru Pou Cultural Group will present a stirring 'haka' during the Sunset Service.
A new initiative, is the inclusion of a young Maori Group, the Ngaru Pou Cultural Group, who will not only lead the singing of the New Zealand National Anthem but will also perform the 'haka', thus acknowledging that enduring partnership between Australia and New Zealand forever embedded in the evocative word 'ANZAC'.
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.
Take time to read the names on the crosses in 'The Field of Remembrance'.
The Sunset Service, the last ANZAC service conducted on the Australian mainland, commences at 5:15pm and the public is welcome to attend, to lay a wreath and encouraged to bring their own chair if required.
The unique ANZAC flag will be featured on the day.
Michael Smith, the guest speaker at the Sunset Service at the Cottage on ANZAC Day, served in both the Eastern States and on deployment to East Timor as an ARA Parachute Rigger, has developed an interesting initiative which will not only assist veterans but also play a significant role in protecting native fauna.
Michael Smith on Deployment in East Timor (Courtesy Michael Smith).
This program involves taking small groups of ex-servicemen and women to South Africa, where they work with a not-for-profit organisation called International Coalition of Rhino Protection to assist in the training of local park rangers to protect native fauna. This work, in saving and protecting the endangered iconic wild animals, not only assists in developing skills and knowledge, but offers a special 'healing' experience for those struggling with mental issues.
ANZAC Day at ANZAC Cottage
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.
Tour guides will be available for questions/information on the story and the Cottage's history
The band 'Random Axe' will be playing and singing 'easy listening', family-orientated songs
Ngaru Pou Maori Cultural Group will be performing traditional Maori cultural songs and will lead the singing of the New Zealand National Anthem
Field of Remembrance: white crosses dedicated by community members to their loved ones who were veterans from all wars will be on display
From 4:00pm: free wreath making workshop for children
The Sunset Service will begin at 5:15pm, the last ANZAC Day service conducted on the Australian mainland
The address will be presented by Michael Smith, a veteran who is coordinating an unusual but worthwhile program for fellow veterans
Visitors are welcome to lay their own wreaths during the service
Very important parking notice
The portion of Kalgoorlie Street that includes ANZAC Cottage will be closed to traffic from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, so there will be plenty of space to accommodate more people.
Therefore, it is recommended that visitors park either around Braithwaite Park, at the Scarborough Beach Road end of Kalgoorlie street, or in the car park adjacent to the Britannia Reserve at the Britannia Road end of Kalgoorlie Street.
All are welcome to attend this important event, and access more information about ANZAC Cottage, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 courtesy of 'Colorful Sky At Sunset' from Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Artwork and photo manipulation by John F.