Remembrance Day 2017
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. At 11.00am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. Each year on 11 November, we commemorate this day and those who fought and fell in battle.
This first modern world conflict had brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.
The mayor and the councillors of the City of Fremantle extend an invitation to the public to attend the annual Remembrance Day Memorial Service at Monument Hill Memorial Reserve, High Street Fremantle. Assembly at 10.45am for service commencement at 10.55am.
How do you measure courage? ANZAC Day Dawn Service addressBrigadier Stephen Cain's ANZAC Day Dawn Service address from 25 April 2015
Fremantle's very own sleuthCity of Fremantle's archivist by day and historian in every other waking moment, Andrew Pittaway, in partnership with Dennis Frank, a researcher from Melbourne, has identified the graves of two Victorian World War I soldiers.
Australian Sailor Monument
The Australian Sailor Monument will be a unique public sculpture that acknowledges the role of sailors in the discovery, settlement, development and defence of Australia and, in particular, Fremantle in Western Australia. The project to build the monument coincides with the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy.
Fremantle and War: online exhibitionUncovering some of the nation's most precious images, students at the University of Notre Dame Australia have looked at the many elements of Fremantle's war history including the colonial frontier, departure of troops, home front experiences, dissent and refuge.
Teachers Resource Book: Western Australians in World War One
The History Teachers' Association of Western Australia, with the support of the Western Australian Government as part of the commemoration of the ANZAC centenary, has produced a resource book for year 3, 6 and 9 teachers: http://htawa.net.au/
WAGS Identification Project: 11th Battalion AIF Photograph
The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) has a fantastic project underway that involves the identification of all 703 men from the 11th Battalion AIF featured in the iconic pyramid photograph taken in Egypt on the Great Pyramid of Giza on 10 January 1915.
Legacy ANZAC Breakfast
Legacy is in its 85th year and all funds raised from 2015 Legacy Breakfast will go to support the work of Legacy Fremantle across Perth's Southern Suburbs.
Dear soldier: Christmas messages for our troopsThe Department of Defence is encouraging Australians to write to their serving men and women this holiday season. Christmas can be a lonely time of year to be away from family and friends and messages from home will be greatly appreciated, says Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert.
Remembrance Day 2014
Remembrance Day 2014 marks the 96th anniversary of the armistice which ended WWI. At 11am on the 11th November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of unrelenting warfare. It was a time of great celebration worldwide, but also of great sadness as the world reflected on the enormous losses inflicted on so many countries, so many families, and so many individuals.
Covering photo courtesy of Fremantle Gazette.
Honouring the 849: Town Hall Projection
On the evenings of Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9 November, the names of our fallen soldiers and sailors of World War One were up in lights on the Fremantle Town Hall. It was a beautiful canvas and a moving tribute to those men who fought for our freedom but did not get the opportunity to enjoy it, instead, making the ultimate sacrifice.
Freedom of EntryThe sea of white that snaked along William Street on Friday 7 November consisted of men and women of HMAS Stirling. Some 600 locals, CBD workers, and naval enthusiasts came out to see the submariners in their finery with "swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, band playing and banners flying".
Fremantle Departure Service
As a major port of embarkation, Fremantle witnessed the departure of thousands of AIF soldiers, sailors and nurses.The first of these departures occurred on Saturday 31 October 1914 - and so it was fitting that on 31 October 2014 thousands of Western Australians crowded the Fremantle port to commemorate this historic moment in time and pay tribute to the men who departed 100 years ago, many never to return.