Wednesday, 23 March 2016

From Western Australia

The Great War was as significant for  'the Dominions' (as they were then called) as it was for Great Britain. Proportionate to their populations, enormous contributions and sacrifices were made by British Empire forces, particularly from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa. I'm spending some time in Perth, Western Australia, where those contributions are marked with feeling and with style. These are a few impressions.....

Centre of Town
Heroes of Gallipoli
and Somme remembered
In the centre of Perth the main road runs through Adelaide Terrace and St. George's Terrace up to the Government Buildings. Paving stones recognise worthy West Australians including heroes of Gallipoli and the Western Front. The ANZAC centre is prominently placed, and the centenary recognised.

Returned and Services League
HQ in Central Perth

King's Park
In beautiful surroundings on the escarpment that overlooks Perth's King's Park has much to remind visitors of WW1.

Contributions to the Boer War (sic) and WW1 are situated along the stunning avenue of lemon scented Eucalyptus trees on Fraser Drive.

Main War Memorial

Western Front
Particularly moving is a beautiful avenue of gums planted by the nearest and dearest of some of those who died on the Western Front - Fromelles, Pozieres, Amiens.....

Several memorials:
A position not unlike that faced, in reverse
by the ANZACs at Gallipoli
Moving post-war words from Ataturk

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