Anzac Day dawn service, Alice Springs, 2015


Photo and story by ERWIN CHLANDA
An estimated 2000 people were at the dawn service this morning on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.
The top of Anzac Hill was far too small to accommodate the crowd on this cold, breezy but clear morning, and screens were set up in the car parks to watch the service.
Afterwards breakfast was served at the RSL, at the bottom of the hill. The interior of the club was filled with veterans, their families and friends who had arrived on the Ghan, and outside the town’s service clubs provided BBQs for the locals.
The commemoration is continuing.


  1. Loved it. It’s a pity the Lest we Forget sign has been already taken down. Have people already forgotten, or do they want to forget?

  2. Awesome! It was a great day to show tribute to our fallen soldiers! I also loved the kids from Ntaria riding on the horses dressed as Lighthorsemen. I was crying nearly the whole time … very emotional … such a proud time for all Australians!

  3. Just wanted to say a big thank you Alice Springs.
    We were Ghan visitors. Dawn Service was very special for us.
    The Lest We Forget sign was fantastic. (I want one of those poppies for my scrap book!).
    Alice RSL, Rotary and all the volunteers: thank you for our lovely breakfast and your hospitality.
    The march was wonderful. So glad to see the local community, schools, all those children involved in the march. Well done everyone and again, thank you.
    You made the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli one that will stay in ours (and ours sons’) memories forever.
    Lest We Forget.

  4. We owe these men and women a great debt of gratitude for what they have done. In our family 35 members have served in the Second World War. I am concerned that the sign going up Anzac hill says Second World War 1939 finished 1953. This is in extremely bad taste.


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