ANZAC March Sydney 2006 Highlights

About This Project

The annual ANZAC March takes place in many cities and towns throughout Australia on 25th April each year, to commemorate the landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops on the beach at Gallipoli 1915 (WW I), in what is now called Turkey .

The Sydney ANZAC March is “marshalled” in Martin Place. In 2006 “the march” continued into and along George Street, then Park Street to the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park. Apparently Elizabeth Street is now the route used to reach Hyde Park, instead of George and Park Streets.

While many notable people and musicians take part in the Sydney Anzac March each year, I managed to capture and identify the following in 2006:

Image 1: NSW Police Band

Images 12 & 13: The Band of the Grenadier Guards (UK)

Image 16: Smoky Dawson AM, MBE, singer and entertainer, born Herbert Henry Brown in 1913.

As Smoky approached my position I couldn’t obtain a clear view of him. Just after he passed me I called, “Smoky please look back”. I don’t know if he heard me or not, but he did turn and wave. Sadly, Smoky Dawson passed away almost two years after this, in February 2008 aged 94 and 11 months.

Image 17: Two of the WW II Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, named so because of their wonderful work in supporting the Australian troops fighting against the Japanese on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, . The “Angels” carried supplies to the Australians and stretchered wounded men back to safety for treatment.

Equipment: Canon 20D with EF 24-70mm F2.8 lens

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