On Remembrance Day, 11 November 2018, Australia will commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War.
Historically NSW’s Remembrance Day Service, hosted by the Premier, has taken place at the Cenotaph in Martin Place. However to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War and the completion of the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project, the 2018 Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park.
At the conclusion of the service all attendees are invited to explore the expanded Memorial.
- 10.15am – Official state Remembrance Day service
- 11.30am to 5pm – Anzac Memorial open day
See live performances in Hyde Park South and the Centenary Extension
Including military bands and choirs, theatrical performances of Morris Gleitzman’s Loyal Creatures, which describes the remarkable journey of one Light Horse Trooper and his beloved horse. International Australian tenor Hubert Francis, the grandson of Lt. George Francis who served on Gallipoli, with the 18th Lighthorse Regiment and was awarded the Military Cross. Hubert will reprise his great-grandfather, Sir Herbert Ramsay’s, first performance of Waltzing Matilda in 1895
Be taken on tours and participate in family activities
There will be guided tours of the Memorial, creative writing and art and crafts.
- The Anzac Memorial’s first touring exhibition in the refurbished Assembly Hall – SALIENT: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front – looks at the experiences of a group of artists who have visited the battlefields of WWI in 2017. Includes works by Amanda Penrose Hart, Ian Marr, Harrie Fisher, Paul Ferman, Deidre Bean, Wendy Sharpe, Steve Lopes, Ross Laurie, Michelle Hiscock, Luke Sciberras, Idris Murphy and Euan MacLeod.
- New permanent exhibition – The Centenary Extension has allowed the Anzac Memorial the space to illustrate the evolution of Australian military service, while focusing on stories of NSW service. The design and content for the exhibition has been inspired by the Memorial’s buttress sculptures, which depict the wide-ranging military roles performed by Australians in the First World War. The exhibition explains these roles and how the various functions have evolved to the current day. The Anzac Memorial holds a significant historical collection of approximately 6,000 objects that tell the personal stories of servicemen and servicewomen and their families.
- The Ursula Davidson Library – which holds the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies NSW’s nationally significant collection of defence and security literature dating from the late 18th century to today.
- The Hall of Service – named in acknowledgement of the existing Memorial’s halls and to recognise the century of service by Australian servicemen and servicewomen features Fiona Hall’s artwork that pays tribute to the people from across NSW who offered to serve in the Great War and the military operations since.
- The Cascade – the Liverpool Street forecourt allows for equitable access to both Hyde Park and the Centenary Extension. The entry walkway is lined with desert brown granite from Esperance, Western Australia. A world map has been etched into the granite. The map pays homage to Australia’s servicemen and servicewomen who serve their country wherever duty calls in peacekeeping and conflict. The crests for the three branches of the ADF – the army, navy and air – sit alongside the map.