Here a few impressions of the ANZAC Day event in Fremantle. The number of spectators appeared to be down quite a bit compared to the last few years, but Fremantle Ports volunteers still handed out 1800 Australian flags.
I wasn’t in the groove today, so not my best ANZAC Day photos ever unfortunately.
It is a special tradition to celebrate ANZAC DAY in Fremantle with the dawn service at Monument Hill, a parade through the inner city, and a ceremony on the Esplanade, after which many of the veterans go to their local clubs, have a drink and a meal and play two-up.
Fremantle Ports staff handed out hundreds of flags again this year, which adds colour to festive and reflective mood of the day.
Here some photo impressions of the day.
Photos copyright Roel Loopers Profile Photography
Congratulations to the City of Fremantle for publishing such an excellent and tasteful ANZAC Day brochure. The historic photos bring back to us how hard it must have been for those who fought in wars.
The brochure focuses on Pte Alfred Edmond Dunn, who has become the unofficial face of Fremantle’s Anzac Day commenmorations.
Dunn signed up in the Fremantle Drill Hall in 1916, where he enlisted in the 28th Battalion AIF. He fought in France and Belgium and suffered serious injuries during the third battle of Ypres in 1918, and had to return to Fremantle. Once recovered he worked on Fremantle Wharf as a stevedore. Later he opened a General Store in White Gum Valley.
Alfred Edmond Dunn died on May 6, 1981 at the age of 90, and just a week after his 68th wedding anniversary.