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Annandale's Great War: A Short Walk Second Edition by Marghanita da Cruz with Annandale Viaduct and Soldiers
Annandale's Great War: A Short Walk by Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of Annandale War Memorial
Annandale's Great War: A Short Walk

A self guided walk exploring the impact of WW1 on Annandale.

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National Library of Australia: Catalog & Citation


Paperback 2nd Edition 2015 (ISBN: 978-1-326-38933-8)

Paperback 1st Edition 2013 (ISBN 978-1-300-92374-9)

eBook 2nd Edition 2015 (ISBN: 978-1-326-42301-8)

eBook 1st Edition 2013 (ISBN 978-1-300-92375-6)


Annandale, Railway, ANZACs, WW1, Annandale War Memorials, Red Cross, Rifle Reserves, Gallipolli, Rail, Religion, AIF, Diggers, Douglas Grant, Great War, Conscription, Freight Line, Australians at War, Indigenous

About the Book

The scene is set in the preface which is based on stretcher bearer Clarence Oscar Power's diary. Power recorded a personal account of the passage to Europe, the evacuation of Gallipoli and then the war in Europe.

The book provides an illustrated history of Annandale in the decade 1910 to 1920 & 1810-1820, when over 1200 locals left Annandale as members of the Australian Imperial Force or to join British regiments. Written as a a self guided tour of the World War 1 honour boards and memorials around Annandale read the stories of the ANZACs whose names appear on them.

At home, there were battles over conscription and Rozelle Bay. A Rail Viaduct was constructed on the Annandale foreshore, to carry the Rail freight line around the bay rather than over it, via an opening bridge...more

Images, References and Further Reading

In celebrations at the Annandale North and Annandale Superior Public Schools, "The Glorious British Empire" and other patriotic songs were sung (1911 'IN THE SUBURBS.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 25 May, p. 5, viewed 31 December, 2012,

Roll of Honour in the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre

There are over 1260 names on the Roll of Honour in the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre (, including those below:

Annandale War Memorial

87 names appear on the Annandale War Memorial ( in Hinsby Park. Fund Raising for the war memorial is captured in film in HEROES' FAIR AT ANNANDALE (copy available in Leichhardt Library Local History Section and NFSA 100748)

Plan of Hinsby Park Memorial built in early 1921 (AWM H17904)
plan for war memorial

"Unveiled in a Storm: To the accompaniment of pealing thunder flashing lightning, and pouring rain..." - 1921 'WAR MEMORIAL.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 5 December, p. 10, viewed 22 February, 2013,

Page 482/3 of Minute Book of the Annandale Borough (1921). Item 16797/1/5 (5) State Records NSW NRS

[FRONT COVER] Unveiling Ceremony
Municipality of Annandale
To the Immortal Dead
Unveiling of War Memorial
by Brigadier-General IG Mackay CMG DSO
(Lately commanding 1st Infantry AIF)
4th December 1921 at 3pm

[INSIDE OF PROGRAM]Unveiling Ceremony

  1. National Anthem
  2. Address by His Worship the Mayor(Alderman AE Packer JP)
  3. Lesson Psalm xlvi. - Rev WH Wiley
  4. Hymn O God, Our Help in Ages Past (6 verses)
  5. Unveiling and Address
  6. Last Post
  7. Dedication Prayer - Rev. D Galloway
  8. Hymn Nearer My God, To Thee (5 verses)
  9. Short Address - Rev. Robt. Rook
  10. Hymn Kipling's Recessional (5 verses see Anzac Song - Kipling RECESSIONAL - Lest We Forget and 1897 Poem)
  11. Vote of Thanks to Brigadier-General Mackay
    The Honorable Aldeman A Sinclair MLC
    Vice-President of the Citizens's Committee
    Alderman E Hogan JP
  12. Reply
  13. Benediction


ARTHUR E PACKER - Mayor and President of the Citizens' Committee

J Golden Hinsby - Town Clerk

R Keith Harris ARIBA - Architect

HF Brodie - W Roberts Honorary Secretaries of the Citizens' Committee

image of a War memorial in a parkAnnandale War Memorial, Hinsby Park (AWM H17861)

Hinsby Park ANZAC Day 2009

Marghanita guided this walk as part of the Annandale Heritage Festival on 21 April 2013.

State Records NSW, COMMUNITY MEMORIALS & HONOUR ROLLS, How the people of NSW remembered: Competitive design for proposed war memorial, Annandale (n.d.). From NRS 18195 (cropped)

Other War Honour Boards and Memorials in Annandale

Callan Park

Callan Park Rozelle Hospital (According to this memorial was designed by Douglas Grant (who is listed on the Honour board in the Hunter Baillie and Annandale Neighourhood Centre)

36th Battalion Park

The 36th battalion was the result of a recruiting drive run by the member for Leichhardt and Minister for Public Information Ambrose Carmichael

The following, from Annandale, responded to Carmichael's call"
1805 Broomham E. Pte 27 App. tanner Annandale RTA 27/8/17
431 Ewington F.W. Pte 33 Bootmaker Annandale RTA 11/5/19
1389 Goldrick P.J. Driver 21 Farrier Annandale RTA 11/5/19
440 Hammond J.H. Pte 25 Labourer Annandale RTA 2/12/19 1832 Hersee O.W.A. Pte 18 Carter Annandale RTA 25/1/19
777 Hughes W.R. Pte 18 Cigar maker Annandale RTA 13/1/19
3320 Hulbert C.B. Pte 34 Grocer Annandale RTA 11/5/19
Juleff J.M. 2/Lt./Capt 36 Civil servant Annandale RTA 10/3/18
114 Laker E.J. Pte/L/Cpl 22 Labourer Annandale RTA 8/1/19
2109 McNamara M. Pte 34 Labourer Annandale KIA 10/6/17
2113 Noble R.G. Pte 26 Labourer Annandale RTA 16/5/19 167 Roberts W.O. Dvr/Sgt 39 Storeman Annandale RTA 6/10/19
2867 Rodney F.W. Pte 29 Slaughterer Annandale RTA 22/11/19
180 Stalker W.L. Pte 22 Clerk Annandale KIA21/1/17 196
Vest J.C. Pte 42 Storeman Annandale RTA 10/1/18 - courtesy Margaret A Clark author of Carmichael's 1000 : their triumphs and their trials, a history of the 36th Battalion, AIF / Margaret A. Clark. Carmichael's one thousand History of 36th Battalion, AIF 1916-1918

For more about the battalion see: The 36th Battalion:"Carmichael"s Thousand"

In the post war allocation of war trophies, Annandale was allocated a heavy machine gun which had been captured by the 36th Battalion at Flanders in 1917. - 1921 'WAR TROPHIES.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 15 February, p. 6, viewed 1 July, 2014,

1919 Heroes Fair at corner of Johnston St and Parramatta Road, Annandale, featuring Ambrose Carmichael. Newsreel

36th Battalion Park WW2 Memorial

Battle over Rozelle and Blackwattle Bay

The Gladesville, Drummoyne (Iron Cove) and Glebe Island Tram Swing Bridges: the battle between water and rail transport across Rozelle Bay and Blackwattle Bays... more

More about the time at Anecdotal History of Annandale: 1900-1915 - Politics & Society and 1916-1930 - End of the Great War

Remembrance Day 2013

people at war memorial As at the opening of the memorial in 1921, rain necessitated an abbreviated service with the Annandale North Public School Choir and Leichhardt Band, who were to lead the Hymns, pulling out. However, the principal and students from Annandale Public School did brave the weather and laid a wreathe, along with Leichhardt Council Mayor , the RSL and the Vietnam Veterans Association. The bugle was played. See video

poster displayPosters for History Week 2014 Exhibition at Leichhardt Library (September 2014)

New South Wales State Library WW1 Diaries Project

The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which have been deposited with the Library since 1918. We would like to find out more about our service men and women. We have their war story. We would like your war stories about them....more

Through the Lines

Play about the ANZAC Nurses...more

One of the nurses trained at RPA. "Annandale's first lady, Adela Taylor was presented with a portrait of herself for her contribution to the enlargement of the nurses home, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital...more

"During World War I (1914-18) RPA nurses volunteered for the army in great numbers. From Australia 2139 nurses served overseas and 423 in Australia. Twenty-one nurses died on active service and 388 nurses were decorated. A Reserve was maintained until the beginning of WWII in 1939."...more

Australian Navy & Submarine

"The Royal Australian Navy submarine AE2 was scuttled in deep water in the Sea of Marmara on 30 April 1915 after it had run the gauntlet of Turkish minefields, warships and forts in the Dardanelles Straits. AE2 was behind Turkish lines the night before the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli.".. more

Annandale builder Owen Ridge is in the photograph of "Laying of foundation stone in 1888 for the Naval Store at the northern end of Garden Island."

Post Office & Picture Theatre

Annandale Post Office, showing electric tramlines and Annandale Picture Theatre next door. The Picture Theatre was replaced by a much larger theatre in 1925


Village Church: Remembering Annandale’s Anzacs

9.30am April 25, 2015
Village Church Annandale,corner Johnston and Booth Streets
..ANZAC Silouette on Orange Backgroundmore

Hunter Baillie ANZAC Centenary Service

10am SUNDAY: 26 April
Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church, corner Collins and Johnston Streets
Woman putting knitted poppies on churchmore

"Remembering the ANZACS
Members of the Church and friends are knitting poppies to remember the ANZACS. Our aim is to knit one for every one on our Honour Boards for the next ANZAC Day Service on 26 April at 10am. If you would like to join us on the day please do. If you would like to knit just ask and we will give you a pattern. Lest We Forget".