Anzac Peace Park

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Anzac Peace Park

The ANZAC Peace Park, loca­ted at the bottom of York Street, com­mem­or­ates the centen­ary of Albany's role as the de­part­ure point for the con­voy of 30,000 ANZAC troops leav­ing for Gallipoli dur­ing World War 1.

In 2005, the City of Albany en­gaged Free­man Ryan De­sign and landscape architects Syrinx En­vironmental to de­sign a com­mem­or­ative park to be the focal point for re­mem­br­ance of the ANZAC tradi­tion, and Albany's role with­in it.

Offici­ally opened in 2010, the park is now the venue for Albany’s ANZAC Day Service each year and features a Mem­orial Wall, the Pier of Re­mem­br­ance, Lone Pine Grove, an in­terpret­ive walk, flag poles, light­ing, seat­ing and landscaped gardens.

The Mem­orial Wall near York Street lists the names of soldiers who fell in com­bat. The Pier of Re­mem­br­ance, jutt­ing out into princess Royal Harbour, features plaques list­ing the ships in the ANZAC con­voys that left king George Sound and a mem­orial plaque to the sub­mar­ine AE2. Lone Pine Grove has seedlings grown from the seeds of Aleppo pines of Lone Pine in Gallipoli re­pre­s­ent­ing the con­nec­tion between the two cities.

Features a Mem­orial Wall, the Pier of Re­mem­br­ance, Lone Pine Grove and an in­terpret­ive walk.

On November 1st, 2014 the official centen­ary celebrations were telev­ised nation­ally and witnessed loc­ally by 60,000 spect­ators. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and NZ Prime Minister John Key laid wreaths at the Mem­orial Wall while seven warships re­plica­ted the de­part­ure of the orig­inal con­vey from King George Sound.

Today you can ex­plore this beautiful park and be re­minded of this im­port­ant part of Australia’s history and how it forged Australia’s values of mateship and honour.

Article updated 02/09/2015.