ANZAC Day Sentiments of St George

Event

ANZAC Day Sentiments of St George

Visit our display showcasing objects from the Hurstville Museum & Gallery collection that tells the stories of local soldiers and their war experiences.

When: Thurs 18 April - Thurs 2 May
Where: Level 2, near Industire

Why is ANZAC Day so special to Australians?

On 4 August 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany. Australia, who had just become an independent nation, guaranteed full support for the motherland, Great Britain.

A joint Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed on the west coast of Gallipoli on the morning of 25 April 1915. Initially planned as a quick operation, the fight dragged on for the next eight months until Great Britain ordered retreat and evacuation from the battlefield. The unsuccessful operation cost the lives of over 8,000 Australians and over 2,700 New Zealanders.

The landing at Gallipoli marked the first major battle of the ANZACs and the pride and mateship of the soldiers who fought for their newly formed nations have been remembered ever since. Only one year later in 1916, the 25th April was officially named Anzac Day and a commemorative service was held in London and in many other cities across Australia and New Zealand.

Each year on Anzac Day, we commemorate the lives of all Australians killed in military actions.