Convoy Walk

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Convoy Walk

Convoy Walk is an inter­pre­t­ive journey of the ships that gathered in King George Sound in 1914 to take ANZAC troops to the battlefields of World War 1.

Albany was chosen as a gather­ing point for the first 2 con­voys of ships carry­ing troops and horses to Europe and Gallipoli, due to its large, sheltered harb­our and ex­­ist­ing port facili­ties.

Albany was chosen as a gather­ing point for the first 2 con­voys of ships.

Some 40,000 troops and 17,000 horses were carried aboard 54 Australian and New Zealand ships in the 2 larg­est con­voys to leave Australia. All of these men em­barked from East coast ports.

Between November 1914 and May 1919 over 240 troop and hospital ships made port at Albany, with many sick or injured trea­ted at Albany Hospital. Mem­orial Park Cemet­ery on Mid­dle­ton Road is the rest­ing place of some who died.

Today, Convoy Walk features 21 inter­pre­t­ive signs giving info­rma­tion about the vessels that made up the convoy and their per­sonnel. The Walk leads from the parade ground of Princess Royal Fortress to Convoy Look­out at the summit of Mount Adelaide.

An alumin­ium and granite com­mem­or­ative sculpt­ure by Arif Satar and Audrey Fernandes-Satar ent­itled "Long­ing, Memory, Sight" is inscribed with text from orig­inal letters and post­cards sent by Australian soldiers to their loved ones.

Convoy Walk was offici­ally opened on November 1, 2014. It is loca­ted inside the grounds of Princess Royal Fortress, adjac­ent to the National ANZAC Centre.

Article updated 02/09/2015.