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Mateship Extends Beyond the Battlefront to the Home Front
Claremont ANZAC Cottage, built by 'The Ugly Men's Voluntary Association'
Claremont ANZAC Cottage, built by 'The Ugly Men's Voluntary Association'

Many know the story of ANZAC Cottage in Mount Hawthorn, built in one day for a returned wounded soldier. However, did you know it is only one of many similar projects Australia wide? Other houses/cottages were built and repairs carried out for the widows and mothers of servicemen who had lost their lives in World War 1. This support on the home front for those affected by war an extension of the mateship forged on the battlefront.

The 2:30pm talk at ANZAC Cottage on Sunday, August 2 will discuss stories and projects initiated to supply housing for those affected by the Great War. Hear about Claremont ANZAC Cottage, built for the widow of a serviceman by the provocatively named "Ugly Men's Voluntary Association".

Anne Chapple will explore some of these projects and their locations, both in Western Australia and further afield in the Eastern States. Queensland, for instance, had a comprehensive program of constructing ANZAC Cottages that provided housing for many families who had lost their men due to the war.

ANZAC Cottage in Mount Hawthorn

The beautiful original leadlight adorns the entry of ANZAC Cottage in Mount Hawthorn
The beautiful original leadlight adorns the entry of ANZAC Cottage in Mount Hawthorn

The original ANZAC Cottage leadlight, above the front door, installed in 1916 serves as a beautiful reminder of what ANZAC Cottage is all about.

The ANZAC Cottage in Mount Hawthorn today Photograph by Martin Davidson
The ANZAC Cottage in Mount Hawthorn today. Photograph by Martin Davidson

Anzac Cottage, at No.38 Kalgoorlie Street in Mount Hawthorn, has a unique history, Constructed as a practical monument to commemorate the Anzac's participation in the First World War, the first memorial to the Great War to be built in Australia.

Friends of Anzac Cottage has been set up to retain the connection of the cottage to the Mount Hawthorn and broader community.

Strathearn Cottage in Queensland

Strathearn Cottage, in Queensland
Strathearn Cottage, in the Brisbane suburb of Alderley

Strathearn Cottage, built for the widow of a serviceman killed in World War I, is one of the many houses built in Queensland. An excerpt from The Brisbane Courier evidences the extensive programme carried out in Queensland.

"In the earlier stages of the committee's operations, the cottages were built on Saturday afternoons and Sundays by voluntary labour, but owing to the numerous applications that were received by the committee for cottages it was decided to expedite the work by employing labour and accordingly a number of discharged soldiers were engaged to carry out the work".

Where are the Other Cottages?

Come and find out more about the 'Ugly Men' and explore these unique, exciting, and often untold stories from our ANZAC tradition. There may be a cottage near you.

Entry is Free and includes the talk and viewing of the ANZAC Cottage. Anne will be there for the whole time (pre and post talk) and is happy to speak to people about the Cottage stories and answer any questions you may have. For a gold coin donation, enjoy afternoon tea as you discover how "mateship" extended beyond the front line to the home front.

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

If you wish to know more about this event or would like further information about ANZAC Cottage, check out their Facebook page or call Anne on 0411 44 55 82.

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Why? To discover other ANZAC Cottages
When: Sunday August 2, open from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Talk starts at 2.30pm
Phone: Call Anne on 0411 44 55 82 or email
Where: 38 Kalgoorlie Street in Mount Hawthorn
Cost: Talk FREE, Afternoon Tea for a Gold Coin Donation
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