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On the 25th. April 2010 the Australian Government announced the formation of the National Commission on the Commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary.  The Commission comprises two former Australian Prime Ministers along with four prominent members of Australian society.

The main task of the Commission was to explore how Government should most appropriately mark the 100th. Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing on 25th. April 1915 through to Armistice Day 11th. November 1918.

The Commission then launched a public consultation period calling on individuals, organizations and community groups of Australia to put forward submissions on how they would best explore the legacy of the “Great War” and the 100 years of service since.

Right across Australia, thousands of communities, both big and small delivered commemorative events to mark this significant milestone in our nations history

There are few places across Australia which were not touched by World War 1.

In 1914 the entire male population of some small towns signed up to defend “King and Country”, sadly, over 60,000 of them did not return and many more were left carrying the scars of battle for the rest of their lives.


On the 5th. November 2010 at Wisemans’ Ferry, a committee was appointed for the raising of a suitable Memorial in memory of those men and women who departed the district to serve in all conflicts since Federation.

It was decided to have a public launch of the project inviting supportive residents of the district including:

Mr. Philip Ruddock, M.P. Federal Member for Berowra.

Ms. Louise Markus, M.P. Federal Member for Macquarie.

Mr. Ray Williams, State Member for Hawkesbury.

The committee, spearheaded by Wisemans’ Ferry resident and Vietnam Veteran Wayne Moore was comprised of residents of various backgrounds from the Wisemans’ Ferry District with one thing in common, they had shown to be ANZAC supporters with an understanding of the need to publicly record the names of those who served their country during a time of war.

The aim is to have the Memorial in place to mark the Centenary of the Gallipoli landing and to record the names of the district servicemen and women who left their family life and farms to protect their way of life and freedom that we now enjoy.

ANZAC Day 1988 Supporters assembled around the flag pole in front of the bowling club. Rev. John Price, officiating.
Preparing for ANZAC Day. Jim Johnston laying the blocks for the new Cenotaph behind the Wisemans’ Ferry bowling club in preparation for the ANZAC Day Ceremony 1990.
ANZAC Day 1990 Dedication of the Wisemans’ Ferry Cenotaph on the 75th. Anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign.The Cenotaph served the community well but fell short in recognising all conflicts in which Australians have served and makes no reference to the “Roll of Honour” or “Nominal Roll”.

ANZAC Day 2015: The Dawn Service incorporating the Memorial Dedication & Unveiling Ceremony saw a gathering estimated at 400+. The unveiling was performed by Mrs. Dyras Thompson, a descendant of one of the local ANZACs. The community 11am. March & Ceremony attracted a following estimated at 600+. The Ceremony saw the Dedication of three additional plaques. “Lone Pine” “Clifford Price Garden Seat” & The “Waler” Plaque.


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