2022 Calendar of events
Due to the Corona Virus the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, ANZAC Memorial in Sydney, Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne and National ANZAC Centre in Albany are currently open to the public but have with restrictions on numbers and the times of visits. Please check each venue for the current opening times and any other requirements.
Gatherings such as lectures, meetings and Commemorations planned by FFFAIF and kindred organisations are impacted and require COVID Safe Plans and in some cases alternatives are being considered.
This Calendar of events is therefore indicative of key dates and events and will be updated to advise of alternative arrangements, deferrals and cancellations.
Monday 25 April Anzac Day
FFFAIF has traditionally supported AWWOD organising descendants participation in the Sydney Anzac Day March.
Last year an exemption was granted to allow the Anzac Day March in Sydney to have up to 10,000 veterans and descendants of veterans participate.
In 2022 FFFAIF will encourage “Dawn drive-way vigils”.
The RSL is promoting ‘Light up the Dawn’ gatherings on driveways and balconies and ABC Radio coverage of the Canberra Dawn Service and National Ceremony will be heard on local ABC Radio, RN and on the ABC Listen app from 5.30am – 6.00am. This will incorporate a minute’s silence at approximately 5.50am to synchronise the dawn drive-way vigils.
TV broadcasts of Sydney Dawn Service, Canberra Dawn Service and National Ceremony and Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance Service will all be live from 4.30am AEST on ABC TV and ABC NEWS channels, on iview, and streamed live on ABC Australia Facebook and YouTube.
State TV broadcasts of capital city marches and dawn services will also be streamed live on ABC capital city Facebook accounts and on the ABC’s capital city local radio websites.
Every capital city will have live coverage of a local march, however coverage of capital city dawn services will vary in each state. Broadcasts times can be found on the ABC Anzac Day website.
Gallipoli Day /ANZAC Day services will be held in the UK, including:
a Dawn Service at Hyde Park Corner and later the annual Service of Commemoration with a wreath laying at the Cenotaph followed by a Service held at Westminster Abbey;
Baverstock, Codford, Fovant and Sutton Veny on the Salisbury Plain; and
at about 15 other locations in England and Scotland;
Also at the Menin Gate, Ieper; and
Saturday 30 April Australian Army Nurses Seminar, WFA seminar with FFFAIF John Laffin Memorial Lecture
Tuesday 19 July Fromelles Day Commemoration in Sydney at the Anzac Memorial and Melbourne Wreath-laying at the Shrine of Remembrance.
Sunday 24 July Pozieres Service St Columba Woollahra TBC
Monday 26 September Commemoration of the Battles of 3rd Ypres
Friday 11 November Remembrance Day
TBA Kindred Groups activities:
Saturday 12 November FFFAIF AGM and WFA Lecture Day with Aero Historians Lecture
- Commemorating the 105th anniversary of the Battles of 3rd Ypres in 2022
- Fromelles Day Sydney 19 July 2022: Commemorative Procession from the Archibald Fountain to the Anzac Memorial and Commemorative Service
- DIGGER 79
- Anzac Nurses of the Great War
- VALE Lt Col (Rtd) Graham Parker, OBE
- DIGGER 78
- DIGGER 77
- FFFAIF 2021 John Laffin Memorial Lecture, 25 September 2021
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A Message from Belgium The Belgium Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Michel Goffin, has commemorated the 105th anniversary of the Battles of 3rd Ypres with a message that draws parallels between current and historic events. The Belgium Ambassador to Australia, … Continue reading
Fromelles Day Sydney 19 July 2022: Commemorative Procession from the Archibald Fountain to the Anzac Memorial and Commemorative Service
A copy of this Fromelles Day Sydney 19 July 2022 Commemorative Procession and Commemoration Souvenir is available for downloading by clicking on this link. Commemorative Procession from the Archibald Fountain to the Anzac Memorial The Families and Friends of the First … Continue reading
CONTENTS Articles Australian Reponses to the Outbreak of War, 1914, Sophie Briggs, 2021 JLMHP recipient 3-6 1917 letter: Lieut Col Richard Fitz-Gerald DSO, 24th Bn, found on Trove 6 Memoirs of Pte 1172 Clifford Sharman, 26th Bn, Part 2 (final), … Continue reading
Launch of The Australian Nurses of the Great War Database The Australian Nurses of the Great War Database was launched at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park with a number of presentations and the presence of many of the researchers and … Continue reading
VALE Lt Col (Rtd) Graham Parker, OBE Lt Col (Retd) Graham William Parker, OBE (1933-2022) It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Graham Parker, at Wilton, near Salisbury in Wiltshire on Tuesday 8 March 2022, … Continue reading
CONTENTS Articles Memoirs of Pte 1172 Clifford Sharman, 26th Bn, Part 1, Owen Cook 3-14 Analysis of the 4th Machine Gun Battalion at Hamel, 4 July 1918, Greg O’Reilly 15-19 ‘Sorry, you two Australian Mums’: the death of Gnr 3513 … Continue reading
CONTENTS Articles Tour of a 35th Bn Company in the front line at Ypres, 1917, ‘Detonator’, AWM collection 3-6 Postscript: 35th Bn men killed 29 Sept to 4 Oct, 1917, Stephen Brooks 6-7 3rd Division AIF rest schedule, Mjr Gen … Continue reading
The John Laffin Memorial Lecture has been held annually since 2003. The Lectures honour the memory of the Founder of FFFAIF, Australian John Laffin who was one of the world’s most distinguished military historians. Both of John’s parents served with … Continue reading
43 Divisions of British and Dominion troops were involved in the Battles of Third Ypres. I ANZAC Corps, consisting of the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Australian Divisions, and II ANZAC Corps consisting of the 3rd Australian Division, the New … Continue reading