Daughters of ANZAC and their Families
The Anzac Parade Memorial
- a forgotten story -
2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the naming of Anzac Parade and the unveiling of the Memorial Obelisk.
Our focus now is to restore, develop and preserve the Anzac Parade Memorial in Sydney, as one of Australia’s earliest and most significant war memorials.
We, the Daughters of ANZAC and their Families would like to see the realisation of the original vision of a memorial corridor from the Anzac Parade Memorial at Moore Park to a memorial at La Perouse. In 1917, the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Alderman Meagher, said “that eventually there would be a continuous thoroughfare over six miles long from Moore Park right to the La Perouse monument."
We also seek a commitment from all stakeholders for the restoration and preservation of the Anzac Parade Memorial (comprising Anzac Parade, The Memorial Obelisk and the Grove of Trees) to honour those who sacrificed their lives in World War I.
In August 1914, after the start of World War I, the first of the volunteer troops were dispatched to German New Guinea. As the war progressed, more troops were dispatched to serve overseas. On their way to board their ships, they marched along Randwick Road, later named Anzac Parade, past where the Memorial Obelisk was later erected in their honour. It was in Moore Park near Kippax Lake that the soldiers stopped to bid farewell to their families.
The Anzac Parade 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.