Saturday 20 October - Anzac Memorial Extensions Sydney, Official opening
Saturday 20 October - Peace Comes to Liverpool Exhibition opens at Liverpool Regional Museum
Sunday 21 October – Canberra Family History Group – Mary Sutters to speak on The Impact of WW1.
3-16 November - 2018 Australian War Graves Photographic Archive Western Front Commemorative Tour
Friday 9 November - Remembrance Event at Rookwood
10AM to 2PM (Ceremony 10:30AM to 11:30AM) @ All Souls Chapel and Village Green, Hawthorne Avenue, Rookwood Cemetery
Saturday 10 November – FFFAIF AGM followed by WFA Branch Meeting
Sunday 11 November – Remembrance Day at Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park
Sunday 25 November – Rallying the Troops
Kur-ing-gai Historical Society – Lambis Englezos launches Vol 4 of the Soldiers of Kur-ing-gai Shire.
Dates in History
1 October 1918 Australian Light Horse take Damascus.
5 October 1918 Capture of Montbrehain, France by AIF.
10 October 1917 Battle of Poelcappelle, Western Front. (Third Battle Ypres).
21 October 1915 Australian Red Cross Missing & Wounded Bureau established.
21 October 1916 5th Australian Division enter the front line near Flers, Somme.
28 October 1916 First conscription referendum.
30 October 1918 Armistice with Turkey.
31 October 1917 4th Light Horse charge at Beersheba, Palestine.
1 November 1914 1st AIF Convoy sails from Albany, Western Australia.
7 November 1916 Third Battle of Gaza.
9 November 1914 HMAS Sydney sinks the Emden.
11 November 1918 Germany signs the Armistice. REMEMBRANCE DAY.
11 November 1941 Opening of the Australian War Memorial
14 November 1917 End of Third Battle of Ypres, Western Front.
2 December 1914 First Australian military aircraft despatched to war.
3 December 1914 First AIF disembarked in Egypt
3 December 1915 Siege of Kut begins in Mesopotamia.
7 December 1915 Evacuation of ANZAC troops from Gallipoli begins.
9 December 1917 Jerusalem occupied by the Desert Mounted Corps.
12 December 1917 HMAS Australia damaged in a collision with HMS Repulse.
13 December 1915 Australian Light Horse fight at Um Rakham.
20 December 1915 Last Australian troops evacuated from Gallipoli.
20 December 1917 Second conscription referendum held in Australia.
21 December 1916 Australian Light Horse capture El Arish
23 December 1916 Battle of Magdhaba, northern Sinai
31 December 1914 The second convoy of the First AIF departed Albany Western Australia.
- Vale – Major General Gordon Lindsay Maitland AO, OBE, RFD, ED
- The Story of Rembrella Poppy Umbrellas in Australia
- 2018 John Laffin Memorial Lecture
- Commemoration of the Battles of Third Ypres, Sydney
- 2018 John Laffin Memorial Lecture
- Fromelles Day Sydney 2018: Commemorative Procession from the Archibald Fountain to the Anzac Memorial and Commemorative Service
- Headstone Rededication and Commemoration at Fromelles 19 July 2018
- Fromelles Association AGM 10:30am Sunday 29 July 2018 at Castle Hill RSL Club
- The Families and Friends of the First AIF applauds the joint Australian–UK decision, to conduct a full DNA testing program on the remains of Australian and British soldiers found in mass graves at Pheasant Wood (Fromelles), and for their continuing commitment to identify as many of the fallen as is possible.
Category Archives: Members’ Announcements
There are still places available on the 2012 FFFAIF Members’ Western Front and Gallipoli Commemorative Tours. If you have always dreamt of visiting the hallowed ground in the footsteps of the Diggers of the Great War, we can get you there! … Continue reading
FFFAIF member and film maker, Damian Madden has a short documentary film (4m:19s) about a World War I soldier, Lt John Gotch Ridley MC (53rd Infantry Battalion AIF), named as a finalist in a Sydney Film Festival ‘Ignite Film Fest’. … Continue reading
The Annual General Meeting of the The Families and Friends of the First AIF will be held in Singleton, New South Wales at Royal Australian Infantry Corps Museum Singleton Army Barracks on Saturday 29th October 2011 Registration: 2:15pm Meeting: 2:30pm … Continue reading
John Laffin Memorial Lecture An invitation to attend the Annual John Laffin Memorial Lecture to be held in Sydney on Sunday 3rd July 2011 10.30am – 3.00pm Ashfield RSL Club 374 Liverpool Rd Ashfield This year’s speakers will be Mr John … Continue reading
Welcome to the new look website of the Families and Friends of the First AIF Inc. The FFFAIF Inc first website appeared on the internet on 26 January 2008 since that time the website has recorded over 178,298 hits and … Continue reading
Brothers in Arms – The Story of the Zonnebeke Five There is a unique opportunity for Sydneysiders to meet and hear Belgian amateur historian, Johan Vanderwalle speak about the part he played in the discovery of five Australian soldiers in 2007, … Continue reading
On ABC1 at 6:30pm MONDAY 8th November 2010 This week on Talking Heads’ Peter Thompson will interview Lambis Englezos on the forgotten diggers of Fromelles. Photo: Lambis Englezos outside the construction site for the CWGC’s Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery, June … Continue reading
Photo: Christmas silk postcard [Hosken Collection] Throughout 2009 this website has been updated on a regular basis. The number of times the www.fffaif.org.au site has been visited now exceeds 79,000 since the launch on Australia Day 2008. This week’s Web … Continue reading
SPECIAL INVITATION MEMBERS’ FORUM 9:30am – 3:30pm Sunday 15th November 2009 Ashfield (Sydney) RSL Club Liverpool Road, Ashfield. This is an opportunity to come along to meet informally with fellow FFFAIF members and share your experiences, information, memorabilia and resources in … Continue reading