Hume City commemorates the Anzac Centenary 2014-18

Media Release

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The ANZAC Centenary will be commemorated across Australia between 2014 and 2018 to honour our involvement in the First World War and more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women.

Guided by advice from an Anzac Centenary Community Committee, Hume City Council has planned a range of activities that encourage reflection and remembrance of the Anzac spirit and tradition as well as raise awareness of the meaning of the Anzac centenary.

Committee members included: Hume Mayor Cr Adem Atmaca, Cr Jack Medcraft, Cr Casey Nunn, Kevin O’Callaghan (Craigieburn Anzac Day Organising Committee and 2014 Hume Citizen of the Year), Harry Beckwith (Sunbury RSL) and Samet Istar (2015 Hume Citizen of the Year and Turkish community representative).

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said the Anzac Centenary is a significant milestone for all Australians.

"On April 25, 2015 we will mark one of the most important and historic days on the Australian calendar, with the centenary of the first landing at Gallipoli," Cr Atmaca said.

"The Anzac Centenary holds an important place in the history of Hume and, in particular, the Maygar Barracks in Broadmeadows.

"Many Hume families have connections with those who have served in war and it’s important we come together as a community to honour, reflect and remember

"The Anzac Centenary will provide an opportunity to acknowledge the harmony that living in Hume provides no matter where we were born, what religion we practice and most importantly, what football team we follow."

One of the highlights of Hume’s Anzac centenary commemorations will be the announcement of the winners of the Corporal Cameron Baird Memorial Awards to help young Hume residents achieve their dreams.

Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird VC MG was an Australian soldier who grew up in Gladstone Park and was a posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC). He was the 100th Australian recipient of the VC. Up to $10,000 over two categories, 'achievement' and 'encouragement' were open to Hume residents aged 12 to 25 years and the winners will be announced in April.

Anzac Centenary commemorations include:
- Placement of a memorial sign at three gateway locations including: Macedon St, Sunbury, Broadmeadows Town Park and Bicentennial Park, Craigieburn;
- Support for a community-led fundraising project to install a memorial in the Broadmeadows Town Park with the words of Ataturk;
- Donation of plaques and mature trees propagated from the Gallipoli Pine to the Sunbury RSL, Craigieburn Anzac Day Organising Committee, Maygar Barracks and Turkish community;
- Floral gardens of poppies and rosemary will be placed as tributes at the Sunbury Memorial, Broadmeadows Town Park and Craigieburn memorial at the SES Depot;
- Hume Libraries’ annual Youth Photo Competition will adopt the theme ‘Anzac Centenary – how do you see it’;
- A multicultural exhibition tournament featuring local teams/schools to be held at the John Ilhan Memorial Reserve.

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 Anzac Day Services – Saturday 25 April

Craigieburn SES
March will start at 9.50am, service to commence at 10am.
Craigieburn SES Headquarters, 151 Craigieburn Road

Sunbury RSL
Dawn service between 6am – 7am and tradition service between 10.30 – 11.30am including: a march from the train station on Brook St to Barkly St, finishing at the Memorial Hall.


Other ANZAC Centenary events

'The Empire Calls' - Anzac commemorative exhibition at The George Evans Museum, Sunbury
Date: 25 March - 25 June (Opening Event: Tues 24 March, 6 - 7:30pm)
Location: George Evans Museum, Sunbury Library

The exhibition honors the centenary of the Anzac legacy, in particular the contribution made by Sunbury and district residents. On display is a selection of historic photographs of local residents who served in the First World War, alongside letters, postcards, printed media and significant objects of the time.

These items come from the George Evans Museum collection, maintained and administered by a team of dedicated volunteers from the Sunbury and District Heritage Association. This exhibition brings light to a more personalized experience of the First World War in the faces and words of past local residents who were involved and, in some cases, made the ultimate sacrifice.

More info: or 9740 5497

Unsung Heroes of Australian History: Lest we forget
Date: Saturday 18 April
Time: 2 – 3pm

Location: The Age Library, Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows

Come and explore some remarkable characters in our history, a musical performance and theatrical piece for audiences of all ages. Using a mix of images, original songs and storytelling Unsung Heroes of Australian History will take you through Australia’s history with a twist!

Bookings required.

More info: or 9356 6900

Updated : 1:12 PM, 17 March 2015

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