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Monday 24th November 2014
Click here to watch the 80th anniversary event video footage on Youtube.    
Saturday 18th October 2014
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Victor Dominello today led a ceremony in Sydney to mark 100 years since the first NSW troops who served in Gallipoli embarked for Albany, Western Australia on 18 October 1914. See the below media release.
Friday 8th August 2014
Join us for a solemn star ceremony to commemorate the deaths in action of seven Australians in the brief but bloody march from Kabakaul to the German wireless station at Bitapaka, New Britain, on the 11 September 1914. This series of short skirmishes fought by the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force was the first offensive action by Australian troops in the First World War. The Australian sailors and soldiers successfully eliminated the threat posed by the German colonial forces in the area and provided us with the first battle honour in the Hall of Memory – Kabakaul.
Friday 1st 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.
Tuesday 18th March 2014
Minister for Veterans' Affairs Victor Dominello on 18 February 2014 launched a unique Centenary of Anzac book project which will recount the NSW experience of the First World War, telling the story of life on the home front and of military service abroad. NSW and the Great War’ was recommended by the NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council and would be funded through corporate donations and managed by the State Library of NSW. Aboriginal Participation, The Role of Women, Strike Action, Recruitment Marches and Manufacturing," Mr Dominello said.
Wednesday 5th March 2014
Minister for Veterans' Affairs Victor Dominello announced on 5 March 2014 Wartime Legends, a Centenary of Anzac initiative encouraging special recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ military service during the First World War.
Saturday 1st February 2014
Minister for Veterans' Affairs Victor Dominello on 1 February 2014 launched United We Stand a NSW Government initiative which encourages local sports clubs to engage in Centenary of Anzac activities. United We Stand is about thinking of ways to uncover those personal stories and honouring the legacy of those who served," Mr Dominello said. "Our sports clubs, through members past and present, hold an enduring connection to the stories of our Diggers."

On this day

On this day
15 November

1899 — During the BOER WAR, Gen Botha’s troops wrecked an armoured train and captured 60 prisoners including journalist WINSTON CHURCHILL

1914 — HMAS SYDNEY and HMAS MELBOURNE finished escort duties with the “ANZAC” Convoy and proceeded to the WEST ATLANTIC where they patrolled the West Indies and the east coast of North America for 18 months

1944 — The Australian Government approved sending Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) members overseas. AWAS members went to LAE, New Guinea, and served in forward areas for the first time. Female nursing and  medical personnel were already in New Guinea