Anzac Centenary Commemorations were held at the Freemantle Maritime Museum

Fremantle Primary School students welcome the train. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d425548
Fremantle Primary School students welcome the train. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d425548

'AS long as the spirit of the Anzac lives, so too will the memories of the men who forged it'.

That was the sentiment of Returned Service League State manager Graham Edwards and shared by the hundreds of people who attended the Fremantle Anzac Centenary commemorations on Friday.

To recognise 100 years to the day since WA troops left Fremantle for the World War I front line, there was a re-creation of the train journey from Blackboy Hill to Fremantle, complete with diesel engine.

Schoolchildren and well-wishers lined the platforms along the journey, reminiscent of the farewell the departing soldiers received in 1914.

Following the train journey, they marched through Phillimore Street and into Victoria Quay, where a service was held in front of the Maritime Museum. Premier Colin Barnett, WA Governor Kerry Sanderson, Mr Edwards, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and MPs for Fremantle, Simone McGurk and Melissa Parke, were among the list of dignitaries who attended.

Len Collard opened proceedings with a Welcome to Country. The John Curtin College of the Arts band and choir performed a number of tributes, including Lest We Forget.

Mr Barnett capped off the ceremony by throwing a wreath into the harbour to commemorate those who left from Fremantle.

‘One hundred years ago, more than 41,000 men and women from Australia and New Zealand set sail from Albany and Fremantle for the battlefields of World War I,’ Mr Barnett said.

‘The extraordinary bravery and sacrifice of those young troops still resonates today,’ he said.

Remembrance Day
WHEN: November 11 from 10.45am
WHERE: Monument Hill, High Street
WHAT: Laying of 849 crosses to commemorate Fremantle’s fallen, as well as traditional Remembrance Day ceremony