Defence Family Matters : May 2016
M ore than 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders left Albany in late 1914, bound for the First World War. This is their story. and post-war—for those who returned. As the journey draws to a close, the names of the 41,265 servicemen and servicewomen who left Albany in the first and second convoys are revealed, scrolling beneath a Pool of Reflections and you discover the fate of your Anzac character. The National Anzac Centre is a Centenary of Anzac project of the state and federal governments of Australia. Due to the presence of strong war themes, the Centre is not generally recommended for children seven years old or younger. n www.nationalanzaccentre. com.au REFLECTIONS OF THE ANZACS PRINCESS ROYAL FORTRESS While you’re visiting the Albany Heritage Park take time to wander through the Princess Royal Fortress outdoor military museum and check out the historic barracks, underground magazine, artillery display and anti-submarine torpedoes. There is also a picnic area and children’s playground where you can relax and enjoy the views from the top of Mount Adelaide. Located within the Albany Heritage Park in Western Australia, the National Anzac Centre is a landmark building in both design and concept. The first of its kind in Australia, it tells the personal stories of the Anzacs through interactive multimedia displays, unique artefacts, rare images and film, and audio commentary. During a visit to the Centre you can assume the identity of one of 32 Anzac characters, and follow their experiences of the Great War: from recruitment, through training and embarkation, ship-board life on the convoys, and on to the conflicts on Gallipoli, in the Middle East and on the Western Front, DFMMay2016 33 The National Anzac Centre is a landmark building in both design and concept. The Centre contains a curated collection of historic objects and artefacts. With approval, all content and images were sourced from the City of Albany.