‘Wanneroo Remembers: The Centenary of Armistice’ exhibition honours WWI soldiers

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Wanneroo Regional Museum curator Bryce Kershaw. Picture: Martin Kennealey d487921
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Wanneroo Regional Museum curator Bryce Kershaw. Picture: Martin Kennealey d487921

AN exhibition at Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre will commemorate Australians who died in World War I from October 22 to November 24.

At the time of committing to the war cause, Australia had a population of less than five million and 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were wounded, gassed or taken prisoner.

Twenty-three members of the Wanneroo community served in what was known at the time as the ‘War to end all wars’.

In the 100th anniversary year of the end of the global conflict, their stories are told in the exhibition, ‘Wanneroo Remembers: The Centenary of Armistice’.

Armistice, or Remembrance Day, services will also be held throughout the City of Wanneroo on Sunday, November 11.

The Wanneroo RSL, in conjunction with the Naval Association, will host a commemoration service and concert at Memorial Park on Civic Drive in Wanneroo, starting 10.45am.

Marking the 100-year anniversary of The Signing of the Peace, the commemoration service will include a tree dedication ceremony depicting seven conflicts of the 20th Century.

Other activities include an afternoon concert and vintage military vehicle and memorabilia displays. Call Lorrie Mucciarone on 0402 277 656 or Jack le Cras on 9409 1014 from the Wanneroo RSL.

Quinns Rocks RSL will host a service at the Quinns Rocks Sports Club on Tapping Way from 10.45am. Call Peter Meldrum on 0421 116 599.

Yanchep RSL will host a service at Yanchep National Park memorial from 10.30am followed by a veterans march from 11am. Call Malcolm Gow on 0401 646 183.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Wanneroo Remembers: The Centenary of Armistice

Where: Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, Rocca Way

When: October 22 to November 24

Open: 10am to 4pm on Monday to Saturday, 11am to 3pm on November 11