ANZAC Commemorations and Activities in Regional NSW21.04.2015
The impact of World War 1 and in particular the Gallipoli campaign was acutely felt throughout NSW villages and towns. In some communities more than one family member was lost, and for those who returned home there was little understanding of the impact of war on them.
ANZAC Day on 25 April now also commemorates other wars Australians have been involved in including the more recent campaigns of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Communities throughout regional NSW are marking the Centenary of ANZAC Day in a variety of ways from art exhibitions, movie screenings, book launches and performances. Many exhibitions are ongoing, and further events will be held during 2015.
Many communities will commemorate Anzac Day with dawn services. Check local guides for details.
The tiny town of Come-By-Chance Hall Committee has embarked on a Field of Poppies project to commemorate Anzac Day. Individuals and groups have knitted poppies to be exhibited in the hall on Anzac Day.
April 24 – Dubbo Anzac Sleepout
Coming up and ongoing
- Albury – Lavington Library – In the Action – opens 24 April This travelling exhibition covers a chronological overview of the war, with a focus on local townships.
- Alstonville: Cheering up the Troops exhibition. Crawford House Museum to 8 June
- Bega: The Great War: Tales from the Great South Coast exhibition. Bega Pioneer Museum 21 March to 1 June
Bega Valley Regional Museum Shaun Gladwell: Portraits from Afghanistan Opens 24 April.
- Berry: Berry Museum – Egypt, Gallipoli and the Western Front exhibition. To end April.
- Cessnock: Cessnock Library: Lest We Forget, Remembering Our Local Heroes from WWI – to 1 May.
- Cobar: Great Cobar Heritage Centre. From the Far West to the Western Front: Cobar and the Great War. A book accompanies the exhibition, covering the people and events from the pre-war boom of Cobar to the post-war crash. To 31 December.
- Goulburn: Goulburn Regional Gallery. A Salute: Aussie Soldier from 1915 meets young Turk in 2015. To 2 May.
- Murrurundi: Murrurundi and District Historical Museum. Continuation of the WWI exhibition.
- Murwillumbah: Tweed River Gallery. Object (s) of War. Christine Willcocks To 31 May
- Narrandera: Riverina Photographic Exhibition 2015 In the Spirit of ANZAC. Official opening Thursday 23 April 6.30 pm. Awards presented 7.30pm. Cost $10 per person.
- Scone: Scone Films presents The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse. Scone Senior Citizens’ Centre, 7pm 24 April
Scone Historical Museum. Scone and the First World War Exhibition. To 31 July.
- Wagga Wagga: Museum of the Riverina has a number of exhibitions highlighting the role of women in WW1 – Worth their Weight in Gold and He Belonged to Wagga with Bumaldhaany – Fighter Warrior opening on Friday, 24 April.
Regional Arts NSW is proud to be associated with the following projects funded through the Arts NSW devolved funding Country Arts Support Program.
Binnaway Project Association – Our Past and Our Future Through Art Mural project with Binnaway Central School. Orana Arts
Berrigan District Development Association – Mosaic art project also honouring the centenary of Berrigan Red Cross. South West Arts
Wagga Wagga City Council – Their Light Still Shines project – Projections by local artist, Andrew Hagan, on to Wagga Wagga Civic Centre from 25 April to 8 June. Eastern Riverina Arts
Please note: RANSW is aware that this listing doesn’t include all of the activities in regional NSW for the Centenary of ANZAC year. If you have an activity you think could be included please email firstname.lastname@example.org