One hundred years on: ANZAC Day commemorations, 2015

ANZAC Day is an important day for many Australians, the day being marked by formal, contemplative events, along with the camaraderie of meeting up with friends afterwards.
One hundred years on from the landing of troops at Gallipoli, the Library commissioned five professional photographers to capture the day, documenting how the people of New South Wales spent the 25th of April, 2015. 


The photographers brief was to capture both the formal and informal aspects of the day, including people involved in the ceremonies and March and spectators lining the streets. 

In Sydney, the Dawn Service, the March through the city and the sunset service were captured by photographers Lyndal Irons and James Alcock. The ceremonies and events held at Bigge Park, Liverpool were photographed by Louise Whelan and Singleton events were documented by Jay Worling, a local photographer. The Camp Gallipoli event, held at Moore Park, Sydney was attended by Gerrit Fokkema who, with great dedication, camped overnight with attendees.

Photographers were briefed to document the pre and post march activities and to also capture the wider environment of streets, crowds, shops and advertising in the background, ‘backstage’ areas and spectators taking photographs.
Lyndal Irons captured many informal scenes, including George and Kim Liu travelling home on the train from the Sydney March, (Inner West Line). George explained to Lyndal;

Both Kim and I come from military families and Anzac day is a tradition that we participate in every year. We have been up since 430am… I am currently attached to the Navy, and I participated in the March in the city with HMAS Kuttabul. In good traditions of Anzac days, we've meet up with friends (both service and civilian) from all parts of Sydney to enjoy a few quite moments together. The time of this photo was on our way home, Kim was showing me some of the parade photos, as my perspective would be quite different from hers.

Lyndal also captured images of spectators lined up down George St, including one of Dick Smith holding a simple sign saying ‘Thanks’. She also managed to find her way into parks and pubs after the formal ceremonies.

James Alcock, our second city photographer focused on close-up photographs of attendees, bringing out some of the characters of our city.

Gerrit Fokkema produced some wonderful images of Camp Gallipoli, a one-off event where people paid to spend ‘a night under the stars’ in Moore Park. Gerrit was particularly interested in documenting people using their smart phones and portable devices in the dark.

Louise Whelan, based at Bigge Park, Liverpool documented the many activities that took place, including soldier re-enactors, entertainers and a theatre production.

Jay Worling in Singleton documented a regional ANZAC Day, focusing on marching bands, cadets and the community atmosphere.

These ANZAC Day photographs are examples of documentary photography the Library continues to collect, for the information conveyed in them about society, people and locations in New South Wales.

These images are now part of the Library’s permanent collection, providing a snapshot of New South Wales one hundred years on from the Gallipoli campaign.

Crowd gathered under the highway bridge, Singleton, by Jay Worling
Students of St Catherines Catholic School wait to march, by Jay Worling
A group of cadets waits, Singleton Anzac Day 2015, by Jay Worling
Army Cadets march in the Anzac Day march, Singleton, by Jay Worling
Light Horsemen and Flag, Singleton Anzac Day march, by Jay Worling
Stephanie Lambkin at Dawn Service, by Jay Worling
Family and friend photo. Jamidee Messina (cadet), Matthew Campbell and Chantel Spiteri pose for photo after breakfast in the foyer of the Club Liverpool. George St, Liverpool, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Louise Whelan
The 18th Battalion Living History Group pose for a photo at their display tent during Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Louise Whelan
Andrew Parrott ( stretcher bearer) helps Salih Alkan (Turkish Solider) prepare for a re-enactment by The 18th Battalion Living History Group at the Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by
The 18th Battalion Living History Group showing members of the public their WWI objects on display at the Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, N.S.W., 25 April 2015 by Louise Whelan
The 18th Battalion Living History Group showing members of the public their WWI objects on display at the Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Louise Whelan
Air cadets from The Australian Air League lay down a tribute during the Dawn Service, Bigg Park, 124 Bigge St, Liverpool, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Louise Whelan
The Dawn Service in the Hordern Pavillion was televised and displayed an large screens outside as there was limited space inside, 25 April 2015, by Gerrit Fokkema
Jennifer Tygh looking at her phone, in a swag at Moore Park Showground, 24 April 2015, by Gerrit Fokkema
L to R, Lincoln Packer playing a game on his iPad, mother Jemma Packer watching entertainment on a large screen and daughter Matilda Packer with her iPad, Moore Park Showground, 24 April 2015, by Gerrit Fokkema
L to R, Brothers Russell and Christopher Baldock set up camp, 24 April 2015, by Gerrit Fokkema
The majority of people who attended Camp Gallipoli Sydney set up their camp sites at the Moore Park Showground site, 24 April 2015, by Gerrit Fokkema
Security check on entry. Glass objects of any kind, alcohol, weapons or potential missiles were not permitted, 24 April 2015, by Gerrit Fokkema
A woman documents her own participation via a "selfie" mid-march, George St, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Lyndal Irons
George Liu and wife Kim catch the train home following Anzac Day ceremonies in Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Lyndal Irons
Friends catch up over beer and Two Up at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Pitt St, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Lyndal Irons
Social scene post march at The Windsor on Park, Park St, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Lyndal Irons 
Street scene at the entry to Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Lyndal Irons
The Sri Dashmesh Pipe and Drum band who travelled from Malaysia to participate in the Sydney march, George Street, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Lyndal Irons
Dick Smith and wife Pip amidst the Anzac March crowds near the Queen Victoria Building, George St, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Lyndal Irons
Portrait of a young drummer following the Dawn Service, Martin Place, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by Lyndal Irons
Dawn Service at the Cenatoph in Martin Place, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by James Alcock
Children take up a street level vantage point on Pitt Street as the ANZAC Day march goes by, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by James Alcock
Naval Officer Jai Coppen prepares for the ANZAC Day March in Castlereagh St, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by James Alcock
A couple pose for a portrait in Bathurst St, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by James Alcock
Flight Lieutenant Tanushree Das with her family at Hyde Park, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by James Alcock
Digger exits St James Station, Sydney, N.S.W., 25 April 2015, by James Alcock

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