Sunday, May 26, 2024

Geelong ignites for ANZAC Day

Photography, historical images, paintings and monuments have been brought together to produce a projection art program on Geelong City Hall to commemorate the 108th anniversary of the landing of ANZAC troops at Gallipoli.

Free projections by Ian de Gruchy and Olaf Meyer are set to be displayed on the Gheringhap Street building starting from 12am until dawn on ANZAC Day.

The imagery will then run from dusk until 11pm every night, ending on Sunday 30 April.

The story of the ANZACs and powerful symbols of sacrifice will be weaved throughout the striking projections to create a moving and meaningful commemoration of Australian soldiers who have served and lost their lives, Greater Geelong Council said in a statement.

Soldiers and nurses during World War 1 (WW1), including First Nations diggers, and sculptures by Peter Corlett OAM including Matron Grace Wilson and Private Ted Kenna VC all feature in the display.

The projections also explore the WW1 honour roll, the involvement of women and volunteer troops in WW1, and recent photographs taken by Ian de Gruchy at Gallipoli.

“The City Hall projections will be a chance for community members, including families, to pause and reflect on what our defence personnel have given us,” said Mayor, Trent Sullivan.

“Greater Geelong is grateful for the sacrifices and bravery of our ANZAC troops and service men and women.

“The projections are a moving tribute that tell the story of mateship, the human impact of war and the Aussie spirit – they are well worth a visit.”

Chair of the Veteran Affairs portfolio, Councillor Stephanie Asher said the projections are just one way to remember the thousands of Australians who have been lost.

“I encourage the community to show veterans its support this ANZAC Day, whether that’s attending a dawn service and march, donating to a veterans charity or teaching children about this special day,” she said.

“Local RSL Sub-Branches will hold a range of services across the region, from Portarlington to Norlane, Lara to Newtown and of course at the Geelong Peace Memorial in Johnstone Park.”

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