Sergeant Ivor Williams, Anne Chapple's father (far left), of the 2/43rd Battalion, enjoying a beer with his mates, during his service in the Middle East in World War II (Photo from Friends of ANZAC Cottage collection).
Do you have a story to tell about a family member who served our country in the many conflicts involving Australia? If so, now is your chance to add to the many stories ANZAC Cottage holds within its walls.
As a way of celebrating ANZAC Cottage's 102nd birthday, the Friends of ANZAC Cottage will host a 'Sharing Stories' Open Day on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Story sessions held at 1:45pm and 2:45pm, will offer visitors the opportunity to share their stories with all in attendance, or just listen. Anne Chapple, will reveal some remarkable stories about the men and women who served our country.
Anne's grandfather, was given the honour of living in ANZAC Cottage from 1916 until his death in 1964. The story of Private Cuthbert John Porter, is synonymous with the spirit of the 'bricks and mortar' community effort, that built a memorial for those who lost their lives in the tragic Gallipoli landing. This is an appropriate and timely opportunity to share related stories, within this historic home. Moreover, ANZAC Cottage, remembers and encompasses all conflicts in which Australians have served.
Anne Chapple's mother, Marjorie William (nee Porter), fourth from the left, attending an Australian Women's Army Service searchlight course in Toorak, Victoria, during World War II (Photo from Friends of ANZAC Cottage collection).
The Friends of ANZAC Cottage consider it a privilege when visitors share their stories of servicemen and women who have served our country. Furthermore, every story adds to the body of knowledge. Thus, allowing all to appreciate and understand more fully the conditions that our veterans endured. Likewise, for those who returned, showing how their service impacted on their lives and families.
Though the focus is primarily on those veterans who were associated with the City of Vincent, in the suburbs of Leederville, North Perth, Mt Hawthorn, Highgate, Mt Lawley, West Perth and East Perth, all stories are welcome.
Two stories among many
Sharing stories of your loved ones, keeps their memories alive. Many service personnel did not return to tell their story.
Above Left: William Lamond, one of the original builders of ANZAC Cottage (Photo taken from the Western Mail, Friday 20, September 1918). Above Right: (right) Harold Belstead's plaque situated on the Honour Avenue in Kings Park, West Perth (Photo from https://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/honour-avenues-plaques/2370-pte-harold-belstead).
William Lamond was one of the original builders of ANZAC Cottage. After his work on the Cottage, William enlisted in World War I, but sadly did not survive the war and is buried at Villers Bretonneux. Prior to enlisting in World War I, Harold Belstead lived in Kalgoorlie Street, Mt Hawthorn with his family, being one of the first families to settle in the street that ANZAC Cottage was built. Sadly, Harold lost his life during his service at Bullecourt.
Help with your research
As a result of so many people researching their family member's military service involving Australia, there is also the opportunity to discuss the different resources available, and sharing knowledge for such research.
Entry is free with afternoon tea available for a gold coin donation.
All are welcome to attend this important event, and access more information about ANZAC Cottage, by emailing email@example.com, 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.
Unless otherwise mentioned, all images are courtesy of the Friends of ANZAC Cottage collection from the booklet, 'ANZAC Cottage: Souvenir of the Monument Erected at Mt Hawthorn 1916'. Artwork is by John F.