Iona Presentation College student participates in Fremantle Anzac Centenary Commemerative Ceremony

Left: Daisy Fluggee was connected to her great-grandmother across 100 years as she waited on Mosman Park train station. Right: The heritage train passing through Mosman Park train station.
Left: Daisy Fluggee was connected to her great-grandmother across 100 years as she waited on Mosman Park train station. Right: The heritage train passing through Mosman Park train station.

LAST Friday, Iona Presentation College student Daisy Fluggee (14) stood on the same Mosman Park train station platform as her great-grandmother had to commemorate WA's first Anzac troops leaving for Gallipoli from Fremantle 100 years ago.

‘It’s amazing and such a privilege what happened today,’ Daisy said.

In 1914, when her great grandmother Kathleen O’Connor was just 12, she and other Iona students went to the station to say goodbye to the troops.

Daisy said she would now do her own studies into the history and importance of the anniversary.

On October 31, 1914, WA troops went from a training camp near Mundaring to Fremantle to join two ships that left Albany on November 1 for the Middle East.

‘Ultimately, the Great War affected an entire generation of Australians after a staggering 38 per cent of the male population aged between 18 and 44 enlisted,’ Premier Colin Barnett said.

‘The extraordinary bravery and sacrifice of those young troops still resonates today and those characteristics have helped shape our nation.’

Last Friday, the commemorative train carrying army cadets from Midland to Fremantle was greeted by residents ” including former Mosman Park RSL president and World War II RAAF sergeant Ken Walker (98) ” and school students as it passed through.

‘We have to think back to when those young men, who didn’t know what faced them, put their lives on the line for what is right,’ Mr Walker said.