IT is almost 100 years to the day since the first soldiers boarded ships in Fremantle headed for World War I, but with each passing year fewer people have been able to recount first-hand collections of that tumultuous time.
However, Deborah Gare and Madison Lloyd-Jones have worked to make sure the stories of the people and Fremantle itself are never forgotten in their new book When War Came to Fremantle.
The book depicts what Fremantle was like throughout the Boer War, World War I and World War II as one of Australia’s biggest wartime ports alongside a collection of photos.
Gare said as well as the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, 2015 would also see the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and there would be many stories told of serving men and women from around the world.
‘But the men, women and children on the Australian home front had a different story to tell of the World Wars and it is just as important, just as real,’ she said.
‘We wanted to share their stories in this book. We wanted to look at what happened at home.’
When War Came to Fremantle is available from Fremantle Press.