Commemoration of Events 2019

Your guide to all the ANZAC Day Services in Newcastle

Picture: Newcastle Herald
Newcastle ANZAC Day Dawn Service - Fort Scartchley, April 25, 2015

The Tradition
Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present.  The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

The traditional Anzac ideals of courage endurance and mateship are still relevant today, established on 25 April 1915 when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

It was the start of a campaign that lasted eight months and resulted in some 25,000 Australian casualties, including 8,700 killed or subsequently died of wounds or disease.

The men who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula created a legend, adding the word ‘Anzac’ to our vocabulary and creating the notion of the Anzac spirit.

In 1916, the first anniversary of the landing was observed in Australia, New Zealand and England and by troops in Egypt. That year, 25 April was officially named ‘Anzac Day’ by the Acting Prime Minister, George Pearce.

By the 1920s, Anzac Day ceremonies were held throughout Australia. All States had designated Anzac Day as a public holiday. In the 1940s, Second World War veterans joined parades around the country. In the ensuing decades, returned servicemen and women from the conflicts in Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, plus veterans from allied countries and peacekeepers, joined the parades.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the number of people attending the ceremonies fell as Australians questioned the relevance of Anzac Day. However, in the 1990s there was a resurgence of interest in Anzac Day, with attendances, particularly by young people, increasing across Australia and with many making the pilgrimage to Gallipoli to attend the Dawn Service.

Program of Events

Anzac Day falls on Thursday 25 April 2019 and we have commemoration events throughout the city over a number of days.

View the full Program of Events (pdf) (program being finalised)
Wednesday 24 April 2019
Combined ANZAC and Newcastle War Widows Service of Remembrance

Date: Wednesday 24 April 2019
Times: 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Christ Church Cathedral
Toilets: Inside Christ Church Cathedral
Parking: On-street and Limited Parking on grounds
Public Transport: TBA

War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil

Date: Wednesday 24 April 2019
Times: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Memorial Grove Civic Park
Toilets: Civic Park, Cultural Centre and City Hall
Parking: On-street Civic car park and Gibson Street car park
Public Transport: TBA

The Newcastle Civic Park War Memorial Grove Preservation Group will be holding a candlelight vigil in the Memorial Grove Civic Park, corner of Laman and Darby Streets (South Eastern Corner of Civic Park opposite the Newcastle Art Gallery).  Please arrive by to be in attendance by 5pm to light and place candles. The service will commence at 5.30pm.
Thursday 25 April 2019
ANZAC Day Dawn Service

Date: Thursday 25 April 2019
Times: 5:00am - 6:00am
Location: Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore
Toilets: Nobbys SLSC, onsite event toilets
Parking: On-street, Bolton Street parking station, King Street parking station, Pitt Street Reserve Stockton Foreshore
Public Transport: TBA

The Dawn Service will begin at 5am and will include a band, choir, bugler and bagpiper. The service will conclude at approximately 6am with a four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the guns at Fort Scratchley.

In keeping with tradition there will be a controlled blackout of the site prior to the Dawn Service. Attendees are advised to bring a torch, warm clothing and wet weather protection.

Large outdoor screens on Camp Shortland and Shortland Lawn will provide coverage of the Dawn Service.

Limited disabled parking will be available in Horseshoe Beach car park until 4am.

Watch the live TV broadcast of the event on NBN Television from 5am. Listen to the live radio broadcast on ABC1233 from 5:00am.
ANZAC Day March

Date: Thursday 25 April 2019
Times: Form up - 8:00am to 9:00am, Step-off - 9:15am, Finish 10:00am
Location: Form Up - Hunter Street Mall (Perkins St to Newcomen St), March - (Pekins St to King St), right into King St to Darby St intersection continue along King St past Civic Park Cenotaph (eyes left), left into Auckland St and Halt.
Toilets: Kings St Car Park & Civic Park, Cultural Centre and City Hall
Parking: On-street, King St Car Park
Public Transport: TBA

Marchers are to form up in the Hunter Street Mall and side streets between Perkins and Newcomen Streets Newcastle. Under Police control the March will step-off at 9:15am and proceed up Perkins Street before turning right into King Street and finishing in Civic Park.

Road closures will be in place along the route to ensure the safe passage of the parade.  Vehicle access to and from properties along the March route will not be permitted during the road closures. Residents or businesses are advised to move their vehicles before the closures take effect.
United Commemoration Service

Date: Thursday 25 April 2019,
Times: 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Civic Park
Toilets: Kings St Car Park & Civic Park, Cultural Centre and City Hall
Parking: On-street, King St Car Park
Public Transport: TBA

The Newcastle Anzac Day United Commemoration Service will be held at the cenotaph in Civic Park commencing at 10am. The wet weather venue for this service will be in the Concert Hall at City Hall.

Fort Scratchley Firing of the Guns and Open Day

Date: Thursday 25 April 2019
Times: 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Gun firing: 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Location: Fort Scratchley
Toilets: Within Fort Scratchley
Parking: On-street, Horseshoe Beach car park, Nobbys car park 1 and 2
Public Transport: TBA

A four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the Mark 7 Guns at Fort Scratchley will be conducted at the conclusion of the Dawn Service at approximately 6am, this represents the Navy, Army, Air Force and Anzac.

At 1pm and 3pm the firing by the historic Mark 7 Guns that had fired on the Japanese submarine on the 8 June 1942, the firing will be supported by the fully restored World War II 25 Pound Field Gun.

The Fort Scratchley Historic 150cm Carbon Arc Search Light will light up Nobbys Beach, Nobbys Light House and Christ Church Cathedral prior to the commencement of the Anzac Day Dawn Service.

The Fort Museum will be opened to visitors from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Thank you For Your Patience

The Anzac events are well attended by the community causing traffic delays for short periods of time, traffic management staff under the direction of the NSW Police will be used to minimise risk to public involving road closures, access will be restricted in some streets at particular times during the course of these events.

The City of Newcastle RSL Sub-branch Anzac Day Committee and Newcastle City Council apologises in advance for any inconvenience to businesses and residents and appreciate their patience during these important events.
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