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The Anzac tradition—the ideals of courage, endurance and mateship that are still relevant today—was 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 who were killed or 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, Malaya, Indonesia, Vietnam and Iraq, veterans from allied countries and peacekeepers joined the parades.
ANZAC Centenary Sterring Committee - You Are Invited!
Council recently undertook a review of the operation of its Committees with a new community committee structure now being adopted to replace the previous Section 355 Committees.
Community members are encouraged to participate in the committees and contribute to our community.
Meetings of the Anzac Centenary Steering Committee will be on the first Friday of the month in the Committee Room at Council’s Administration Centre, 247 Rouse Street, Tenterfield. Meetings to commence at 10.00 am.
Please contact Noelene Hyde (02) 6736 6000 if you have any queries.