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Anzac Portal

The Anzac Portal is an educational and community gateway for the Anzac Centenary (2014-2018).

The Anzac Portal contains a number of history publications, war history websites, a digital exhibition and veteran interviews to provide the education and wider communities with a greater understanding of Australia’s wartime experiences, both on the front line and on the home front.

The Anzac Portal also provides information about commemorative events occurring during the centenary, both in Australia and overseas, as well as information and music to support a community-based commemorative event. It provides links to a range of government (both state and federal), cultural institution and veteran community websites relating to the centenary of Australia’s involvement in the First World War.

Please visit the following site http://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/ to discover more resources for the Anzac centenary.


Parramatta and District Soldiers in the Great War 1914-1919

An article published in the Cumberland Augus & Fruitgrowers Advocate on the 20th of November 1920 described the significance and importance of this publication in the following way:

“The Parramatta and District Soldiers who fought in the Great War, 1914-1919 is the full title of a book which is full of interest to the boys who fought, and to their relatives. It is dedicated “to the gallant soldier boys of Parramatta and these districts: to the glorious memory of those who have made the great sacrifice: to those who have returned to enjoy the noble country they have helped to save: and to their relatives and friends whose hearts thrilled as they followed their magnificent exploits”…

The pictures of the Soldiers of Parramatta and District – the principal part of the book, occupying from page 29 to page 254. These pictures are arranged alphabetically according to the part of the country to which the men belong. Beginning with Parramatta, we have in succession Granville and Clyde, Auburn, Lidcombe; the Southern Line; Liverpool, Marsden Park, Ingleburn, Hoxton Park, Cecil Park, Cabramatta, Canley Vale, St. John’s Park, Smithfield and Fairfield, Wetherill Park, Bossley Park, Guildford and Merrylands; the Western Line; Westmead, Wentworthville, Toongabbie, Seven Hills, Blacktown, Prospect, Plumpton, Schofield’s Siding, Saekvllle, Eastern Creek, Rouse Hill. Then there is the Hills District, comprising Arcadia, Baulkham Hills. Castle Hill, Dural, Galston, Glenhaven, Glenorie, Kellyville, Kenthurst, also Carlingford, Dundas, Ermington and Rydalmere. The Northern Line is represented by soldiers from Waitara, Hornsby, Normanhurst, Thornleigh, Pennant Hills, Beecroft, Cheltenham, Epping, Eastwood, Ryde, Meadowbank and Gladesville. The Miscellaneous Section contains portraits received too late for inclusion under the home towns, together with groups and views of places well known to our men…”

To access the full article, please go to Trove at http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/103256626

To search for photographs of soldiers in the Fairfield LGA, start on page 144 of this publications.


A full scanned copy of the Parramatta and District Soldiers can also be found at the State Library of NSW website http://goo.gl/UFaWkt




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