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The battlefields of France and Belgium brought staggering losses to families across Australia yet the Western Front’s defeats and victories are generally less well known than the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.
That’s now changing with events in France and Belgium commemorating the centenary of Western Front battles.
The terrible toll on Flanders fields came near the end of Australia’s most tragic year in the First World War. In 1917, Australia suffered 76,000 casualties in France and Belgium, of whom 22,000 were dead or missing.
More than 295,000 Australians served in France and Belgium at a time when Australia’s population was just 4.9 million. Casualties of trench warfare from 1916 to 1918 surpassed 181,000 with 46,000 lives lost, 130,000 wounded and 4000 taken prisoner.
The Remembrance Day Service will be held in Civic Park at the Cenotaph, the service shall commence at 11:00am with a fly over by the RAAF at 11:02am. Master of Ceremonies Mr Stephen Finney (OAM, JP), shall conduct the service and the Ode of Remembrance, with the Last Post and the Rouse played by Capt Graeme Reynolds.
The Lord’s Prayer is conduct by the Dean of Newcastle Katherine Bowyer. The students of Newcastle East Public School will Address the Service and Provide the Choir.
The Public are invite to lay tributes at the conclusion of the service.
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 dying 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.
You can View or Download the full Program of Events, Event Maps, March Form-Up Maps and Guides from the link’s below.
The Australian Army Band Newcastle, under the command of Captain Graeme Reynolds will combine with The City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band under the command of Drum Major Michelle Davidge to present the sunset ceremony on the Newcastle Memorial Walk.
Wednesday 24 April 2019
Combined ANZAC and Newcastle War Widows Service of Remembrance
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). 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
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 will provide TV coverage of the Dawn Service.
Limited accessible parking will be available in Horseshoe Beach car park until 4am.
This year’s Dawn Service introduces Nicole McGowan a professionals signer for the hearing impaired.
Listen to the live radio broadcast on ABC1233 from 5:00am.
Watch the live TV broadcast of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on NBN Television from 5am.
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
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.
You can View or Download the March Form-Up Map and March Route below.
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.
Horseshoe Beach Car Park
Vehicles displaying disability parking permits can be parked at Horseshoe Beach car park which is designated specifically for vehicles with mobility parking scheme permits. The car park will close for event proceedings from4am sharp in preparation for the 5am Dawn Service. All vehicles must be parked prior to 4am.
People requiring a high level of assistance with mobility are encouraged to use Horseshoe Beach car park. There are approximately 40 vehicle spaces and will operate on a first-come-first-served basis.
There are flat and continuous paths of travel to the event and accessible viewing area and the distance is approximately 150 metres. There is additional parking available in the recently expanded Foreshore carpark but access to it will also be closed at 4am.
Paths of travel to the event are along the Wharf Road footpath. The distance is approximately 400 metres. People with limited mobility are encouraged to take care as there are some uneven surfaces. Limited parking will be available at Horseshoe Beach Car Park.
Accessible Viewing Area
A designated viewing area for frail aged Diggers, people who require assistance with mobility and their companions and carers is provided for the Dawn Service. The designated viewing area will be occupied on a first come first services bases. The viewing area is safely accessible by continuous paths of travel from Horseshoe Beach car park.
Temporary accessible toilets are located near the designated viewing area and also at the Foreshore Park carriage sheds
Newcastle Transport is pleased to provide additional public transport services, helping Novocastrians get to and from Anzac Day activities in Newcastle’s CBD.
Early morning bus, ferry and light rail services will run from 3:30am to get you to Nobbys Beach for the Dawn Service.
Additional early morning light rail services will begin at 3:30am, running every 7.5 minutes until 11am. After this time the light rail will operate on the Saturday timetable.
The ferry will offer additional early morning services between Stockton and Queens Wharf from 3:30am. The ferry will run every 15 minutes until 7.30am, when the ferry will follow the Sunday timetable.
Additional early morning bus services will be offered on routes 11, 13, 14 and 23 from 3:20am to 6:35am. From this time, buses will run on the Sunday timetable. More information can be found below.
Route 11 – buses from Jesmond to Newcastle (Customs House) will run at 3:40, 3:45, 3:50 and 4am. Buses returning to Jesmond from Customs House will run at 6:15am, 6:20, 6:25 and 6:30.
Route 13 – buses from Glendale to Newcastle (Customs House) will run at 3:30, 3:40, 3:45am and 3:50. Buses returning to Glendale from Customs House will run at 6:15, 6:20, 6:25 and 6:30.
Route 14 – buses from Swansea to Newcastle (Customs House) will operate at 3:20, 3:30, 3:35 and 3:40. Buses returning to Swansea from Customs House will run at 6:15, 6:20, 6:25 and 6:35.
Route 23 – During the additional services hours, the route 23 bus will be extended to drop passengers at Customs House. Buses travelling from Wallsend with run at 3:40, 3:45, 3:50 and 4am. Buses returning to Wallsend from Customs House will run at 6:15, 6:20, 6:25 and 6.35.
For the Anzac Day March, between 8am and 12pm, routes 11 and 13 will be diverted from King Street and travel along Wharf Road. Route 14 will also be diverted via The Hill during this time.
Park and Ride
A Park and Ride service from McDonald Jones Stadium to Wharf Road at Queens Wharf from 3am. Shuttle buses will run every 5 to 15 minutes until 11:00am. For those heading towards the CBD, the shuttle will drop passengers at Queens Wharf. To return to McDonald Jones Stadium, passengers will be picked up from Wharf Road, opposite Queens Wharf.
13CABS offer a free taxi service to Veterans and those with mobility issues attending the Dawn Service, March and United Commemoration Service. To book with 13CABS call 4940 5955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 2pm Tuesday 23 April. This service is donated by 13CABS.
Free parking for the Anzac Day Commemoration Events will be available at the following locations from 3:00am to 2:00pm;
King St Parking Station (291 King St)
Mall Car Park in King Street (92 King St)
Bolton St Parking Station (50 Bolton St)
Wright Lane Car Park in Honeysuckle and
Pitt Street Reserve, Stockton.
Parking locations are likely to fill quickly, so consider the available public transport options.
Road closures will be in place around Nobbys Beach and Newcastle CBD for the following ANZAC Day events:
Memorial Walk Sunset Service
4pm to 7pm Saturday 20 April
Memorial Drive at Fenton Drive and High Street, The Hill
Memorial Drive at Parkway Avenue and Fenton Drive, The Hill (resident access only),
High Street at Cliﬀ Street and Lemnos Parade, The Hill,
Limited access into ANZAC Parade at Bingle Street and Kitchener Parade,
Newcastle Memorial Walk closed for the service from 4pm to 7pm,
Strzelecki Look Our Carpark closed from 12 noon to 7pm.
War Memorial Candlelight Vigil
4pm to 7pm Wednesday 24 April
Laman St at Darby St
6am Tuesday 23 April to 2pm Thursday 25 April
Nobbys Beach car park No.2
4am to 7am Thursday 25 April
Horseshoe Beach Road
Horseshoe Beach car park
4am to 7am Thursday 25 April
Wharf Road between Watt Street roundabout and Nobbys Road roundabout
Hunter Street (east bound) at Darby Street
Pacific Street between Hunter and Scott Streets
Scott Street (west bound) between Zaara and Watt Streets
Nobbys Road (north bound) closed at Fort Drive
Fort Drive (east bound) closed at Parnell Place
Shortland Esplanade between Nobbys Road and Zaara Street
ANZAC Day March and United Commemoration Service
Under Police control the March will step-off at 9.15am and proceed west along King Street from Perkins Street to Auckland Street, 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 as no vehicle movement will be allowable while the march is underway.
The ANZAC Day 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 the City of Newcastle apologises in advance for any inconvenience to businesses and residents and appreciate their patience during these important events.
NBN presenter Paul Lobb takes over as MC of the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Nobbys beach this year.
Long-serving MC, Ken Fayle, President of Newcastle RSL, feels the time is right to step down and had no hesitation in nominating Paul as his replacement.
“Paul has been an integral part of the Dawn Service for many years representing NBN news, and also as my unofficial understudy,” Ken said. “I know he has a great depth of feeling for Anzac Services and the Anzac community as a whole. As such, I had no hesitation in asking NBN management if he could take my position on the stage.”
NBN has been a huge supporter and contributor to the Anzac Day events in Newcastle, providing time, manpower and resources to promote the event.
It started broadcasting it live in 2015 to mark the Centenary of Anzac.
Paul was host for that telecast, going live to air a couple of minutes before the actual Dawn Service hosted by Ken, to give a welcome to the thousands assembled and recap Anzac events in the area on the big screen.
“First year it went out as webcast, but since then we’ve put it to air across the network,” Paul said. “Things like the ceremony up on the Memorial Walk, the twilight vigil at Civic Park, the lighting of the flame etc.
“NBN would get visuals of all this and I would present the package before handing over to Ken who would step up on lectern for the official duties.”
At the end of last year Ken announced he was retiring and offered the role of MC to Paul, “if he was up to it”.
“Being a great admirer of Ken and the way he has conducted himself over 10 years, I was more than happy and very honoured that he could entrust it to me,” Paul said.
Paul’s connection with Anzac Dawn goes back to childhood, attending services with his parents, wherever they were at the time.
“When I started as a reporter with 2KO, I always volunteered to report on the Dawn Service because it’s always been very special to me,” Paul said.
“Getting up early is only a small inconvenience but a small way to pay respect to those who have gone before.
Paul will still be hosting the live NBN telecast this year before stepping up to the MC lectern.
“We’ll have to rejig a few things, but in true NBN style, we’ll work it out on the day,” Paul said. “It’s a full outside broadcast with multiple cameras – we throw the full team at it, but the team is so experienced.”
The Anzac Dawn Service regularly draws over 40,000 people and is second only to Canberra in size in Australia.
“I always get a buzz out of working to a live audience as opposed to a live TV audience,” Paul said.
“You only have half a dozen people in the studio when you’re presenting.
“Something like this adds an extra element of excitement.”
So how will Paul be coping with the big live buzz?
“I’ll be focused on the script that Ken has skillfully crafted and be guided by what I’ve seen him do in years gone by,” Paul said.
“His delivery has many great attributes.
“As well as the basics of being clear and introducing people with accuracy, he does it with warmth and respect for all people
“I hope to emulate that in my own style.”
After the solemn part of the Anzac Dawn Service is over, Paul loves how people walk down to the beach to watch the sun come up.
“With the sound of the waves lapping, it’s a poignant and powerful experience,” he said.
Here I sit with my fellow Executive members trying to learn how to drive our computers more efficiently. Drew is trying to teach three dunderheads and so far hasn’t had a nervous breakdown. Time will tell. There is no doubt that we will learn, however for a person like me it is like opening a box of tricks all written in braille. More to come once I have recovered and Drew has returned to a reasonable degree of sanity.