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 City of Sydney is working to return numerous war memorials to their former condition and ensure they are conserved for future generations.

A new artwork in Hyde Park honours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. 

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

Last updated: Thursday, 12 July 2018