Dictionary of Sydney

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Anzac Day

Anniversary of the start of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I when they landed at Gallipoli in Turkey on 25 April 1915. It was first commemorated and officially named ANZAC Day in 1916.

Date of event
25 Apr 1916

The beginnings of Anzac Day commemorations in Sydney

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The landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in 1915 was first commemorated in Sydney on 25 April 1916. It took nearly twenty years for Sydney commemorations to take the form that is now considered traditional, of a march from the Cenotaph in Martin Place, through the streets of Sydney to the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park.