Ceremony to mark the Centenary of the Commencement of the First World War

1 August 2014

The Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Mr Mike Baird MP, accompanied by NSW Cabinet Ministers, will host a ceremony to mark the centenary of the commencement of the First World War at 11am on Monday 4 August at the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park South.

Members of the community are welcome to attend and should gather at the ANZAC Memorial from 10.45am.

Following Britain’s declaration of war on 4 August 1914, Australia along with other British Empire nations found themselves also at war. As the most populous and developed state at the time, NSW felt the impact intensely. Tens of thousands of soldiers never returned home and were buried where they died on the battlefields of Turkey, France, Belgium and Palestine.

The ANZAC memorial in Hyde Park is the State’s principal memorial to the heavy casualties of the First World War and a fitting place to reflect on the grief and sacrifice of this war.

The Premier will acknowledge the significance of the centenary of the commencement of the First World War with a short remembrance and wreath laying ceremony.

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On this day

On this day
19 December

1941 — HMS NEPTUNE sank after hitting a mine off TRIPOLI. There was only one survivor from a crew of 717. Among the dead were 2 Royal Australian Navy sailors

1944 — Battle of ADELE RIVER, a series of patrolling actions in southern Bougainville, carried out by troops of the 15th Infantry Battalion

1951 — HMAS SYDNEY completed a tour of operations off the west coast of KOREA. Aircraft from SYDNEY left no operable railway lines in its area of operations, significantly disrupting enemy supply lines