Anzac Day 1916 – Anzac Day 2017
In the once working-class, inner-west suburb of Balmain stands the earliest war memorial erected in Australia. The Memorial, located in Loyalty Square on Darling Street, was unveiled with due ceremony on Sunday 23 April 1916. This was unusual, because the war was still raging and hadn’t even reached the first anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.
The memorial initially commemorated the 38 local men who had perished in the Dardanelles campaign. Since then it has evolved year after year. This year, many more people honoured those 38 men and the 1,000’s of others who served for the country.
The Federal Minister Minister for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese MP, NSW Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP, Former Mayor of Leichhardt, Darcy Byrne & Inner West Council Administrator, Richard Pearson all gave heartfelt speeches to a packed Darling Street audience.