Convoy Walk

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Convoy Walk

Con­voy Walk is an in­terpret­ive journey of the ships that gathered in King George Sound in 1914 to take ANZAC troops to the battlefields of World War 1.

Albany was chosen as a gather­ing point for the first 2 con­voys of ships carry­ing troops and horses to Europe and Gallipoli, due to its large, sheltered harbour and ex­ist­ing port facili­ties.

Albany was chosen as a gather­ing point for the first 2 con­voys of ships.

Some 40,000 troops and 17,000 horses were carried aboard 54 Australian and New Zealand ships in the 2 largest con­voys to leave Australia. All of these men em­barked from East coast ports.

Between November 1914 and May 1919 over 240 troop and hospital ships made port at Albany, with many sick or in­jured trea­ted at Albany Hospital. Mem­orial Park Cemet­ery on Middle­ton Road is the re­st­ing place of some who died.

Today, Con­voy Walk features 21 in­terpret­ive signs giv­ing in­form­ation about the vessels that made up the con­voy and their per­sonnel. The Walk leads from the parade ground of Princess Royal Fortress to Con­voy Look­out at the summit of Mount Adelaide.

An aluminium and granite com­mem­or­ative sculpt­ure by Arif Satar and Audrey Fernandes-Satar ent­it­led "Long­ing, Mem­ory, Sight" is in­scribed with text from orig­inal letters and postcards sent by Australian soldiers to their loved ones.

Con­voy Walk was offici­ally opened on November 1, 2014. It is loca­ted in­side the grounds of Princess Royal Fortress, adjac­ent to the National ANZAC Centre.

Article updated 02/09/2015.