New Anzac map and guide pinpoints sites of significance in WA


Paul Bridges, curator at the Swan Guildford Historical Society Inc and Ken Wyatt MP, Federal Member for Hasluck at the war memorial in Stirling Square, Guildford.
Paul Bridges, curator at the Swan Guildford Historical Society Inc and Ken Wyatt MP, Federal Member for Hasluck at the war memorial in Stirling Square, Guildford.

THE rich Anzac tradition and vital role of local communities during more than a century of military history has been revealed in a map and guide released in time for Anzac Day 2018.

From Gidgegannup to Gosnells, the map pinpoints almost 120 sites of significance, from the Great War onwards.

Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt said the region’s links to Gallipoli were particularly strong.

“We must acknowledge with pride our region’s important role, beginning with the training of the 10th Light Horse Regiment in Guildford and the preparations for Gallipoli,” he said.

“The breadth of Hasluck’s Anzac tradition is truly remarkable.

“Working together with local governments, Returned and Services Leagues, historical societies and community groups, it has been an honour to produce such a unique and comprehensive guide for the first time.

“From the location of a former secret radio base to memorials to some of Australia’s most revered soldiers, this will be an invaluable resource for years to come.”

Mr Wyatt said the guide included address details and each site’s significance, plus a colour code to indicate its era of activity.

“This map complements the work done by Barbara Dundas for the Guildford Anzacs poppy project which identified more than 100 residences where Great War soldiers were billeted, with each of these houses now marked with a poppy,” he said.

“While our major memorials such as Blackboy Hill are listed, I am sure local communities will be fascinated by the stories around lesser-known locations including the Blue Goose aircraft crash site and the shed where a giant Bofors gun was stored.”

The Guildford Association, Kalamunda Historical Society, Swan-Guildford Historical Society, State Heritage Office, National Archives, Australian War Memorial and West Australian Army Museum contributed to the new Anzac map and guide.

Copies are free and can be obtained by contacting Ken Wyatt’s electorate office on 9359 0322 or Ken.wyatt.mp@aph.gov.au.

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