Anzac Day Centenary in Yarra
Anzac Day 2015 marked 100 years since the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps troops landed on the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Thousands of local men and women bravely answered the call to serve their country in World War I. These courageous Australians united together from many cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Following on from Council's program of centenary events and activities, Council has compiled the following list of resources to assist with local and family historical research.
Resources in Yarra Libraries
Visit Yarra Libraries' local history page for databases, subscriptions and online resources, including Ancestory. Or search the catalogue for books, photographs, newspapers, archival records and other history resources.
Other Local Resources
Yarra's local history societies are a wealth of information about our community history:
State & National Resources
ANZAC Centenary in Victoria
The Victorian government has set up a website for the ANZAC Centenary that focusses specifically on Victoria's involvement in WWI.
Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance website has links to online resources as well as information about their exhibitions, talks and events.
State Library of Victoria
The State Library of Victoria has a specific World War I section on its website that has an extensive selection of resources and items of interest.
ANZAC Centenary Official Site
The federal government's ANZAC Centenary website lists resources, events, grants and tributes. Additionally, it has an entry point to the ANZAC Portal, which houses specific teaching and educational materials.
The Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial is not only a shrine, but also a world-class museum with extensive archives. Visit the memorial's website for a wealth of resources about the Gallipoli campaign and the ANZAC legend.
The National Archives of Australia
The National Archives holds records about service in the Australian defence forces dating from Federation in 1901.
Managed by the National Library of Australia, Trove is a centralised database and website where you can easily locate resources and archives about Australia.
Included in the Trove archives the following digitised newspapers from Fitzroy and Richmond:
Discover Yarra's War Memorials
Yarra is home to five different memorials that are carefully maintained as part of Council’s heritage collection. Each one is distinctive in character and they can all be easily located around Yarra’s parks. Built during different eras in a variety of styles, they all recognise the supreme sacrifice so many people from our communities have made. Take some time to seek them out for personal interest or a moment of quiet reflection.
Sportmen’s War Memorial 1914–1919
Edinburgh Gardens, St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy – arbour
Erected in 1919, this tranquil arbour is a place to remember the members of Fitzroy’s local sporting clubs who died in the war.
- World War II Memorial
Edinburgh Gardens, St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy – rotunda
This Peace Memorial rotunda includes a copper plaque each side of the rotunda steps, one commemorating WWI and the other WWII.
- Anzac Memorial
Barkly Gardens, near cnr Barkly Ave & Mary St, Richmond - monument and surrounds
The Mayor, Councillors and citizens of the City of Richmond erected this memorial after the Second World War in memory of the thousands of people from Richmond who served in WWI and WW2. A second plaque was later added to commemorate those who served in Korea, Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam and a third plaque will be added in 2015 to honour this historic occasion. Note: A commemorative service will be held at this memorial on 24 April to commemorate the centenary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli.
- War Memorial
Alphington Park, View St, Fairfield – statue
The Alphington Park War Memorial was unveiled in 1921 in memory of those who served in WWI during 1914–1919.
- Memorial Fountain 1939–1945
Alphington Park, View St, Fairfield – drinking fountain
This commemorative drinking fountain was erected by the citizens of Fairfield and Alphington in memory of those who served in WWII during 1939–1945.
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