The new ANZAC Centre in Albany was officially opened today, in conjoint with the 100th anniversary of the first convoy of Australian and New Zealand soldiers being sent to World War I warzones.
WA Premier Colin Barnett, alongside with the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and New Zealand’s PM John Key had opened the Museum.
Funded by the State and the Australian governments and cost 10.6 million dollars, the ANZAC Museum will shows the visitors the World War 1 experience of 30 ANZAC soldiers and 2 of the enemies on the warzones in Gallipoli, Palestine, Sinai and the Western Front.
‘’The centre will be a key legacy of the Anzac Commemorations and, along with the memorial infrastructure upgrade at Mount Clarence, will help Albany become a place of pilgrimage for people wishing to commemorate those who served and died in World War I.” The Premier said.
The new ANZAC centre is a part of a 9 million dollars investment by the WA government, aimed at improving and building new ANZAC-related infrastructure.
Facilities like the Padre White lookout and the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial on Mount Clarence would receive upgrades as a result of the investment.
Albany is currently hosting a series special events from October 30 to November 2. These events include a ceremonial sunset, troop march and official Commemorative Service.
Premier Barnett has also congratulated all agencies, which includes the RSL WA Branch, City of Albany and the Australian Defence Force, as well as volunteers who were involved in the event.
The ANZAC Centre Implementation Committee’s works on the National ANZAC Centre was also recognized by the Premier.