It was warm, almost too warm for the time of year, as crowds gathered for the annual Anzac commemoration service. Beach St was closed to traffic. The crowd stretched from Nott St to Bay St and from the Beach St footpath to the blue stone wall.
The crowd at the Anzac Commemoration Service photo Roger Tall
The scene was…
ANZAC Day Port Melbourne, 2021
As the fourth Tuesday of April this year coincides with ANZAC Day the Society will not be holding a meeting that evening.
Instead we encourage everybody to attend the ANZAC Day Commemoration at the Port Melbourne War Memorial in Beach Street. Sue Leong and John May will lay a wreath on behalf of the Society.
On a mild, still morning, crowds gathered in Beach Street to find the scene set - the white crosses neatly laid row upon row and Beach Street closed to traffic.
MC Dale Allchin acknowledged the passing of Bunna Walsh in March and the role that he and fellow citizens, including Perce White, had played in keeping the Anzac commemoration…
The sun was shining as people gathered in Beach Street. The crosses had been laid out, as if by magic, but actually by Ken Jackson, son of the late veteran Geoff Jackson.
Beach St shoreward of the memorial was fenced off to enable registration via QR Code. No traffic - neither truck, car nor bicycle - was permitted to pass…
Since gatherings are not permitted during the COVID-19 parademic, no Anzac service was held at the Port Melbourne War Memorial.
Nevertheless, some did assemble (distanced, of course) in the dawn to hear the Last Post and lay wreaths. Cr Marcus Pearl laid a wreath for the City of Port Phillip, as well as at the Navy memorial (Answering the Call)…
With MC Dale Allchin's firm hand on proceedings, the event started promptly at 9.45 am. He reminded the ever growing crowd that Anzac Day is not a celebration, it's a commemoration. Even though the crowd filled the width of Beach St and the length from Bay St to Nott St, a podium and a new sound system meant that all…
Order of Service, Nott Street State School. PMHPS Collection
This order of service, presumably from an Anzac Day commemoration, was found within a recess of the Nott Street School Old Boys Honour Board along with many other pieces of paper bearing the names of soldiers to be included on the school's Honour Roll.
It gives an insight into how the school commemorated…
On this warm Anzac morning, the crowd swelled and swelled, almost filling the Beach St roadway between Bay and Nott Street.
A bearded Perce White attended the Anzac Service to acknowledge and thank all those who had supported the commemoration over many years.
Perce White took on the role of MC of the service when the RSL handed in its commission and…
From the Collection - two photographs packed with interest
Catalogue No: 2622
Anzac Day in Port Melbourne in the 1950s image George Joostens
Ron Joosten and his two sisters, Vera and Yvonne, observing the crosses laid on the grassed area of Sinclair Parade, Port Melbourne, for Anzac Day, shortly after their arrival in Australia in 1956.
Catalogue entry 2622 invites further exploration of…
Sue Leong writes:
This is the snap that I took of the war memorial on that wet and grey ANZAC centenary in 2015. (Not a great photo but I liked having the people in it to show how bleak a day it was!) Our PMHPS red and blue flowers can be seen. My Dad served in the air force in WWII…