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Anzac History

The municipality commemorates ANZAC Day each year with numerous marches and services in recognition of the men and women who served with the Australian Defence Forces in many conflicts.

On Saturday 25 April 2015, the municipality commemorated a significant date in the Australia calendar, the 100th year since the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli, with a number of special events and activities.

Throughout 2015, Council installed the Anzac Walking Trail commemorating the ANZAC Centenary with a series of interpretive markers identifying sites reflecting local stories and memories relating to events in WW1.

Anzac Walking Trail

Greater Dandenong has many connections to World War I, and a walking trail with interactive information boards have been established across Dandenong, Noble Park and Springvale focusing on significant connections to the municipality.

The locations include:

  • The Drum Theatre, which was the old town hall where recruits signed up
  • The Dandenong Drill Hall, which was built in 1916 and used to drill citizen soldiers in compulsory military training
  • The Noble Park settlement which was purchased to house returning soldiers
  • Dandenong Primary School, where students rose to the challenges of supporting the war effort
  • Mechanics Institute Springvale, which was opened in 1915 and used to host WWI fundraising efforts
  • Dandenong Market, this location will be used to commemorate the 8th and 58th Battalions where eight Dandenong men were assigned
  • Red Cross Dandenong Branch, which was formed in 1914
  • Peace Memorial Bridge, Dandenong, is one of few surviving engineering works constructed during WWI
  • Dandenong High School, which was built after the war in 1921. The first principal of the school served in Gallipoli with the 4th Light Horse Infantry

Download the ANZAC Walking Trail brochure (PDF - 1.13MB)