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: Private William John Pickup, 1st Battalion, killed in action at Gallipoli. His portrait is from an Honour Board made for the department store Anthony Hordern and Sons Ltd, Sydney, that remembers 46 of the company's employees killed in WWI.


Australian War MemorialNSW Government Centenary of AnzacState Library of NSW

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City of Sydney centenary events

War memorial at Glebe

Maintaining our memorials

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

Martin Place statue of soldier

Anzac Day

Events taking place include the Anzac Day dawn service, the morning march in the city centre, the commemoration service in Hyde Park and the sunset service ceremony in Martin Place.

Lone pine at Foley Park

Lone pine at Foley Park

A descendant of the original lone pine tree in Gallipoli has been planted in Glebe’s Foley Park to commemorate the 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.

Last updated: Friday, 4 August 2017