The Forgotten Story of a Living Memorial
The research on this website, which is presently being redeveloped to document the history of Anzac Parade, is also featured in a developing story series on the New South Wales War Memorials Register, part of an ongoing collaboration with the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs.
Anzac Parade stretches from Moore Park to La Perouse, Sydney.
In 1917 Randwick Road was renamed Anzac Parade by The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Alderman Meagher, who said that “ eventually there would be a continuous thoroughfare over six miles long from Moore Park right to the La Perouse monument”.
The Anzac Parade Memorial Obelisk which was erected at the northern end of the parade was unveiled by the Lady Mayoress.
The Memorial Obelisk together with Anzac Parade and its Memorial Grove of Trees became the diggers' own ANZAC memorial. Subsequent commemorations held at the Obelisk and in the surrounding Parklands were less formal than the official services of the day and were very much a family affair. They afforded diggers and their families a sense of place for the remembrance of the fallen. Local school children too were actively involved. Many veterans returned here until the last of the ANZAC diggers died.
There are many more monuments along the length of Anzac Parade in memory of those who served and died in WW1, as well as in WW2 and the Korean War. There are also many sites of significance which tell the story of local events that took place before, during and after World War One which are now largely forgotten. This website will document what is known about those sites and add more information as it comes to light.
The story of Moore Park will be published next but because so little is known about that story, it has been a lengthy process to gather the relevant information – from old newspapers, through local libraries and from many chance encounters with locals. It has been like fitting together many missing pieces of a puzzle for which there was no overall picture to follow.
It is hoped these stories will help people appreciate the local history surrounding Anzac Parade which relate particularly to WW1. Such knowledge may help people relate more easily to the written history of the war and to appreciate some of the implications for those who served overseas as well as the impact on families of those who died in action and those who returned home.
The story of Anzac Parade is not the only forgotten story. There is a far older one which should not be forgotten either - of the people on whose ancestral lands these more recent events took place.
“ the desire to make sense of ourselves includes the need to place
ourselves into a narrative – of our own lives, our family histories and our cultural identities.”
Anna Clark - Private Lives and Public History
Compiled by Margaret Hope – daughter of Robert Hope 1st Div. Artillery AIF 1916-1918