The ANZAC Centenary

Written on the 7 August 2014

The ANZAC Centenary


Victorians marked one hundred years since the start of World War One on 4 August, 1914 with the ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Week.

The $45 million Galleries of Remembrance project is completed and the Shrine’s Centenary Touring Exhibition has been launched after $200,000 Victorian Coalition Government investment.

The Galleries of Remembrance project will house a new education centre and auditorium containing the ‘Devanha’ landing boat - one of only two remaining lifeboats that was used to land Australian troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The Galleries will open to the public ahead of the formal dedication service which will be held on 11 November 2014.

The Shrine’s Centenary Touring Exhibition will visit more than 20 venues across the state and present Victorian perspectives on the frontline and home front experiences of World War One. The exhibition will retell the stories of World War One.

The major investment in the Galleries of Remembrance and the Shrine’s Centenary Touring Exhibition represents the Coalition Government’s commitment to inform current and future generations and acknowledge the courage, mateship, determination and initiative of the young Victorian ANZACs.

In addition,

  • The Victorian Government grants programme is enabling local communities to restore or enhance memorials, and develop projects that will commemorate the courage and sacrifice of Australia’s World War One servicemen and women.
  • The Victorian Government has announced $114,000 funding to help Victorian RSL Sub-Branches to digitalise their historical collections and place them online, as part of the Victorian collections website.
  • The Victorian Government will fully fund 80 students and 18 teachers to attend the Gallipoli 2015 100 anniversary ANZAC Day Dawn Service.
  • The 2015 Premier’s spirit of ANZAC Prize Study Tour will select Year 9 or 10 students for an overseas study tour of the battlefields where Australians have served.

For more information on these and other activities for the Anzac Centenary:


With new WW1 honour boards at the Dedication of the Somme Cross at the East Malvern RSL during ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Week. Pictured with past president Norman Dodgson and Brigadier Geoff Christopherson AM.

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