FAMILY is the focus at Anzac Cottage.
The Mt Hawthorn heritage home runs activities for children and their parents throughout April 25, culminating in the latest service on mainland Australia at sunset.
Anne Chapple, Friends of Anzac Cottage secretary and granddaughter of Private Cuthbert John Porter – the original soldier who lived in the home with his family – said the day’s events reflected the community spirit that built the house and the importance of family to veterans.
“When the cottage was built, it was a family affair – all the mums and dads and all that,” she said.
“We like to make it a family thing – we involve the children very much because we see them as our future, they’re the ones who will carry the story forward.”
Private Porter was one of the first soldiers to land at Gallipoli and was wounded and sent home.
The Mt Hawthorn Progress Association found out the Private could not work because of his injury and decided to build a memorial to Gallipoli that could also serve as a home for Mrs Chapple’s grandfather and his family.
The community rallied around the soldier.
One hundred and three years later the home is still standing, with school groups continuously flowing through and children often bringing their parents back to have a look.
Mrs Chapple said the evening service was always an evocative moment.“It’s almost juxtaposing, because this was the first memorial built to Gallipoli in the state and we do the last service,” she said.
“It’s at the going down of the sun, so it’s at the other end of the day – it has an atmosphere all of its own.”
Anzac Cottage’s Anzac Day events run from 3pm to 6pm at 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mt Hawthorn, with all welcome to join.
Mrs Chapple said children would be able to join in free workshops to make their own wreaths on the day to lay as part of the 5.15pm service.