Anzac Day 2019
Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national days of commemoration and is observed on 25 April each year. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915, during WWI.
However, the importance of Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli. It is a day to reflect on the sacrifices made by service women and men of both Australia and New Zealand who have participated and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and to send our thanks to those currently in service.
CITY OF PARRAMATTA 2019 EVENTS
Thursday 25 April
Hosted by Epping RSL Sub Branch
6:00am ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Forest Park Epping
Thursday 25 April
Hosted by Parramatta RSL Sub Branch
4:15am - Service March from Parramatta RSL Club to the Cenotaph, Prince Alfred Square
4:30am - ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Prince Alfred Square
Followed by breakfast at Parramatta RSL Auditorium
RSL Services are supported by City of Parramatta
Free Anzac Day 'touch table' experience
10:00am - 4:00pm - Thursday 25 April 2019
Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre - 346a Church St Parramatta
Visit the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre on ANZAC Day, to view the 1,962 biographies and accounts related to the actions of Parramatta service personnel via the WWI interactive touch table. The table displays photos, diaries and biographies sourced from historical newspapers and letters. By making a gold coin donation, visitors can also pick up a publication from the WWI series of books. Visit the website or call 02 8839 3311 for more information
THE PARRAMATTA LANCERS: OUR CITY’S OWN REGIMENT
In 2018, Army Reserve Regiment the Royal NSW Lancers celebrated the 125th anniversary of their association with our City.
The Parramatta Lancers’ Heritage-listed barracks, originally a British garrison, were constructed between 1818 and 1820.
The Parramatta Lancers formed the famous Australian 1st Light Horse at the beginning of World War 1, operating at the Gallipoli Campaign and later in Palestine, where they played a vital role in the legendary cavalry charge at the Battle of Beersheba on 31 October 1917, and the subsequent surrender of the Ottoman Empire on 30 October 1918.
Their Royal prefix was awarded in 1935, and in 1959 the Royal NSW Lancers were granted the Freedom of the City of Parramatta, in recognition of their long-standing association with our City.