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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
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To commemorate the raising of South Australia's First AIF contingent in 1914, there will be an exciting and historic event at the Morphettville Racecourse and in Glenelg in September 2014

ANZAC Day 100th commemoration
ANZAC Day (©paula mcmanus)


In what will be an extraordinary event, military re-enactors from across Australia will join South Australia's re-enactment group to put on an authentic display of the event that occurred 100 years ago.

In a curtain raiser for the many ANZAC Centenary commemoration events that will follow, this event promises to be exciting and momentous.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial, Torrens Parade Ground, Adelaide (©paula mcmanus)


In 1914, World War 1 was looming. In September 1914, South Australian men and women converged on the Morphettville Racecourse to join the forces. Weeks later, when they first marched into Adelaide, the shops closed their doors and thousands and thousands of people lined the streets of Adelaide. The men were described as being "physically the finest their country could offer, masters of everything they had encountered". 6 months later they were landing on the beach at Gallipoli and became the ANZACs.

Lighthorse ANZAC 100th commemoration
ANZACs (©paula mcmanus)


On the weekend of 13th to 14th September 2014 there will be a commemoration of the Centenary of the raising of the First AIF in South Australia.

On Saturday 13th September there will be a recreation of the First AIF training camp at Morphettville. On Sunday the 14th September the Light Horse, the infantry and other parties will march to Glenelg for a public commemoration and displays.

The Official Historian C.E.W. Bean served with the AIF throughout the war. At the end of the war he wrote a six volume book about the AIF and in part he wrote:

'What these men did nothing can alter now. The good and the bad, the greatness and smallness of their story will stand. Whatever of glory it contains nothing now can lessen. It rises, as it will always rise, above the mists of ages, a monument to great-hearted men; and, for their nation, a possession forever.'


Remembrance Poppies ANZAC
Remembrance poppies (©paula mcmanus)


Friday 12th September (afternoon/evening)
establish 1914 training camp at South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC), Morphettville;
troops assemble in camp.

Saturday 13th September
train and drill troops;
static displays mounted for SAJC.

Sunday 14th September
10am: First AIF march to Glenelg
11am: Centenary ceremony commences at Glenelg
12noon: static displays and demonstrations until 2pm.

Follow all the latest information on this historic event by liking the Facebook page 'Raising the First Contingent 1914'.


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Why? Commemorate the ANZAC Centenary
When: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September 2014
Where: Morphettville Racecourse
Cost: Free!
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