Anzac Day 2017

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The Anzac tradition, the 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 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, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Iraq, 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 the Gallipoli Peninsula to attend the Dawn Service.

Information provided by the  Australian War Memorial.
 

Program of Events

Anzac Day falls on Tuesday 25 April 2017 and we have commemoration events throughout the city over a number of days. The program of events is being finalised and will be updated shortly. 

Saturday 22 April 2017

Sunday 23 April 2017

Monday 24 April 2017

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Local services
  • Information on local services is currently being gathered and will be updated shortly
Ongoing Getting there We would like to thank the Newcastle community for being so supportive of services throughout the city. The Anzac Day events are well attended by the community and may cause 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 AnzacDay Committee and Newcastle apologises in advance for any inconvenience to businesses and residents and appreciate their patience during these important events.
 

Program detail

Newcastle Memorial Walk sunset ceremony
  • Date: Saturday 22 April 2017
  • Time: 5pm - 6pm
  • Location: Strzelecki Lookout and car park, Shepherds Hill, Memorial Drive
  • Toilets: Not Available
  • Parking: On-street and Bar Beach car park
  • Public transport: Train to Hamilton Station and bus 201, 310 or 320 to Bar Beach
This year, Australian Army Band, Newcastle under the command of Captain Michael Fitzpatrick will combine with The City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band under the command of Drum Major David Harvey to present the second sunset ceremony on the Newcastle Memorial Walk.
Service to bless the ETERNAL flame
  • Sunday 23 April 2017
  • 4pm - 5pm
  • Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore
  • Toilets: Nobbys SLSC and event toilets onsite
  • Parking: Horseshoe Beach car park, Nobbys car park No. 2, Wharf Road, On-street, Bolton Street parking station
  • Public Transport: Train to Hamilton station and Bus 110 to Newcastle station.
The flame represents life and maintaining a flame continually alight represents eternal life because a flame has no "body”. Its use symbolises the spirit of those who have died. With a flame’s fluctuation the image of a living thing is maintained, yet because a flame is easily extinguished, it also represents the fragility of life.
 
The Newcastle Anzac Memorial Flame will be lit from the Anzac Torch, one of only 22 in Australia. The Flame will burn from 4pm on Sunday night until 12noon on Anzac Day. Members of the public are invited to attend and if they wish, lay a tribute in memory of family or friends past.

War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil
  • Monday 24 April 2017
  • 5pm - 7pm
  • 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: Train to Hamilton station and Bus 110 to Civic station.
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.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service

  • Tuesday 25 April 2017
  • 5am - 6am
  • 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: Train to Hamilton station and Bus 110 to Newcastle station, ferry from Stockton ferry terminal to Newcastle ferry terminal.
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  and Tug Berth Lan until 4am. 

Watch the live stream of the event from NBN Television from 5am (link to be provided closer to the event.

ANZAC Day March
  • Tuesday 25 April 2017
  • 9am - 10am
  • Hunter Street Mall, Scott Street, Darby Street and King Street
  • Toilets: Corner Hunter and Perkins Streets
  • Parking: On-street, Bolton Street parking station and King Street parking station
  • Public transport: Train to Hamilton station and Bus 110 to Civic or Newcastle station.
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 west along Hunter Street, turn left into Darby Street, right into King Street and finish 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
  • Tueday 25 April 2017
  • 10am - 11am
  • Civic Park
  • Toilets: Civic Park and Cultural Centre
  • Parking: On-street and Gibson Street car park
  • Public Transport: Train to Hamilton Station and Bus 110 to Civic Station.
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
  • Tuesday 25 April 2017
  • 12noon - 4pm
  • Gun firing: 1pm and 3pm
  • Fort Scratchley
  • Toilets: Within Fort Scratchley
  • Parking: On-street, Horseshoe Beach car park, Nobbys car park 1 & 2
  • Public Transport: Train to Hamilton station and Bus 110 to Newcastle station.
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 12noon to 4pm.

Anzac Field of Remembrance
  • Tuesday  25 April 2016
  • 5am - 5pm
  • Newcastle Museum
  • Toilets: Within Newcastle Museum
  • Parking: Honeysuckle Precinct car parks
  • Public Transport: Train to Hamilton station and Bus 110 to Civic station.
Newcastle Museum will honor the lives of the men and women lost in war by once again creating a field of crosses and poppies for Anzac Day.
 
We will build on our collection of over 750 crosses marked with the names of service men and women by inviting the community to send in the names of their loved ones to add to the Field of Remembrance. 

Newcastle Museum has a display of war memorabilia in its exhibition Newcastle on the World Stage. Visitors are encouraged to write the names of people they wish to remember on sticky notes and leave them on our wall of remembrance. These names are collected throughout the year and will be displayed on the Museum Poster Pole on Anzac Day.

Shadows of Sacrifice
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Location: Newcastle Museum
  • Toilets: Within Newcastle Museum
  • Parking: Honeysuckle Precinct Carparks
  • Public Transport: Train to Hamilton Station and Bus 110 to Civic Station
World War I lasted over four years and caused the greatest loss of life in Australian history. The impact of the war in Newcastle and the Hunter is still felt today.
 
Shadows of Sacrifice: Newcastle’s Great War 1914 – 1918 will follow general events of the war and also focus on the lives of specific Novocastrians. From 2014 to 2018, the exhibition will change every six months to reflect the changing events of one hundred years ago.
 
From a population of less than 5 million, almost 417,000 Australians served in the war.  Ten thousand Hunter and Newcastle men enlisted and at least 75 women served as nurses.
 
Australian war dead totalled 61,520. Many of those who returned were so damaged physically and psychologically that their lives were never the same.
 

Road Closures

Dawn Service - Camp Shortland
Sunday 23 April, 6am to Tuesday 25 April, 2pm
  • Nobbys Beach car park No 1
Monday 24 April, 6am to Tuesday 25 April, 2pm
  • Nobbys Beach car park No 2
  • Pasha Way
Freedom of entry - Hunter Street
Monday 24 April, 9am to 11am
  • Hunter Street at Newcomen Street, Wolfe Street, Perkins Street and Brown Street
  • Perkins Street at King Street
  • Wolfe Street between King and Scott Streets.
Anzac Day services
Tuesday 25 April, 4am to 7am
  • Horseshoe Beach Road
  • Horseshoe Beach car park
Tuesday 25 April, 4am to 6am
  • Wharf Road between Watt Street roundabout and Nobbys Road roundabout
Tuesday 25 April, 6am to 7am
  • Fort Drive at Parnell Place, no through road into Fort Drive (residents only)
  • Scott Street at Watt Street, Police directed control point
  • Scott Street at Pacific Street, detour into Pacific Street
  • Zaara Street at The Esplanade, no left turn into Zaara Street from Shortland Esplanade
  • Watt Street at King Street, no left turn into Watt from King Street
  • Watt Street at Church St and Shortland Esplanade, left turn only into Watt St (south bound) from Shortland Esplanade
  • Merewether St at Workshop Way, right turn only into Workshop Way from Wharf Road
Anzac Day March - Hunter Street
Tuesday 25 April, 6am to 10am
  • Hunter Street at Newcomen Street, Wolfe Street, Perkins Street and Brown Street
  • Perkins Street at King Street
  • Wolfe Street between King and Scott Streets.
Tuesday 25 April, 9am to 10am
  • Hunter Street east of intersection with Merewether Street
  • Brown Street between King and Hunter Streets
  • Scott Street west of Newcomen Street
  • Darby Street at Laman St, detour left into Laman Street from Darby
  • Darby Street at Tyrrell St, left turn only into Darby Street
United Commemoration Service, Civic Park
Tuesday 25 April, 6am to 12noon
  • King Street at intersections of Darby and Auckland Streets

Getting there 
Park and ride for Anzac Day services on Tuesday 25 April 2017

Free parking for the Anzac Day commemorations events will be available at the Bolton Street parking station, King Street parking station, Honeysuckle Throsby 3 & 4 parking areas, the Wilson parking garage on King Street and Pitt Street Reserve, Stockton.

Parking locations are likely to fill quickly, so consider the available public transport options, more information on park and ride services will  be available soon. 
 

NSW Trains, Newcastle Buses, Ferries and 13CABS Newcastle (Newcastle Taxis) will be running additional services for the Anzac Day Commemoration Events, to find out more information on these additional services please follow the Transport NSW Info link below.

Diggers & Disable requiring transport assistance to the Newcastle Anzac Day Dawn Service, March and United Commemoration Service will need to book these special services with the 13CABS Newcastle on (02) 4940 5955, 13CABS generously donate these special services for Anzac Day.

 Visit Transport NSW Information

 

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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