Anzac Parade

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 the First World War, as well as in World War Two 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 the First World War which are now largely forgotten.  This website will document what is known about those sites and add more information as it comes to light. 

 

It is hoped these stories will help people appreciate the local history surrounding Anzac Parade which relate particularly to the First World War.  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