It was a historic day in Fremantle with the commemoration of the ANZAC centenary and the vintage train from Blackboy Hill bringing the troops to Fremantle, where they paraded through the West End to Fremantle harbour.
Western Australia’s newest Governor, and former CEO of Fremantle Ports, Kerry Sanderson, was there, as was Premier Colin Barnett, MP Melissa Parke, member for Fremantle Simone McGurk, RSL State President and Vietnam veteran Graham Edwards, and Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt.
I am sure there were many more celebrities but I did not get to see the VIP front row so don’t know who else was present.
Former Fremantle Councillor John Dowson has published another historic photo book Off to War about ANZAC and Western Australia’s and Fremantle’s involvement in WW I (1914-1918)
The book was launched at the Army Museum by Premier Colin Barnett last night and is available in bookshops now.
Today John will be at B Shed on Victoria Quay from 10 am to 2 pm and sign the books, so while supporting the Blackboy Hill train journey and the march through Fremantle pop in at B Shed and purchase a book.
The West End of Fremantle will be in a sort of traffic lock-down tomorrow morning with most streets closed to allow for the Blackboy Hill ANZAC parade to march from the train station to the port. The best is to avoid that part of town till after lunch.
The event will also affect train services to Perth as the Midland line will be closed after the commuter morning rush our, so use alternative means to get out of Freo and walk or ride into the city to avoid traffic stress.
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.