Anzac centenary

Anzac centenary

First World War

A century ago, when the great powers of Europe mobilised for the First World War, Australia enthusiastically answered the call.

Men and women from Sydney were among 300,000 who served abroad with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Others joined British and Allied forces. They soldiered in the mud, flew wood and wire aeroplanes above the trenches, and nursed in tented hospitals from Salonika to the Somme.

Sydney's contribution reflected its diverse population.

Alongside eager recruits of British ancestry were men from other backgrounds, like Private Arthur Malcolm Quong Tart of the 19th Battalion, eldest son of Mei Quong Tart, a prominent Chinese businessman and one of the city's best-loved public figures.

Also in the 19th Battalion was Arthur Stace, who returned home from war to write 'Eternity' on the streets of Sydney.

The Anzac centenary is an opportunity to explore our history of the Great War of 1914-1918. 

Pictured above is Private William John Pickup, 1st Battalion. A native of Wanganui, NZ, Pte Pickup was a carpenter from Darlinghurst prior to enlistment.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT Afric on 18 October 1914. On 19 May 1915 he was killed in action at Gallipoli and buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery.

This portrait is one of a number displayed on a photo montage Honour Board made for the department store Anthony Hordern and Sons Ltd, Sydney by the returned soldier and sailor employees of the company. It commemorated 46 of the company's employees who died as a result of their service in the First World War.

Source: AWM P02599.019


Australian War MemorialState Library of NSWWW100 New Zealand

Anzac centenary
Artwork honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women

Artwork honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women

'Yininmadyemi' – Thou didst let fall, is an artwork that reminds Aboriginal artist Tony Albert of how his grandfather and fellow service people were treated differently to their white comrades after the war.

Stories of war and peace wanted for Oral Histories

Stories of war and peace wanted for Oral Histories

Former and current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women are sought to share their stories of war and peace for a special oral history project. Aboriginal artist and curator Fabri Blacklock will select up to 20 stories to take pride of place on the City of Sydney’s new website, Oral Histories.

War memorial at Glebe

Maintaining our memorials

The City is working with conservation experts to ensure war memorials across the City are restored in time for the Anzac centenary and preserved for generations to come.

Ray Finn representing the Australian Light Horse at the Coloured Diggers Anzac march

Coloured Diggers march

Honouring our unsung war heroes with an Anzac Day march and service in Redfern. The first Anzac Day march in Redfern was organised by the Coloured Diggers group in 2007.

Last updated: Wednesday, 16 April 2014