View from Padre White Lookout

View from Padre White LookoutNeil McKnight688 x 380 px. 67.8 Kb.

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Padre White Lookout

Born in London in 1883 Arthur Earnest White is con­sidered to be the Father of the ANZAC Dawn Service

Arriv­ing in Albany aboard the SS Persic in 1912 White spent the next 4 years based in Williams Frequ­ent­ly visit­ing Albany he was like­ly pre­s­ent on November 7 1914 when the ANZAC convoy gathered in King George Sound to leave for the Great War

In 1916 White joined the Australian Im­perial Force serv­ing in France as an army chapla­in 'Padre' with the 44th Battal­ion He was medic­ally dis­charged in 1918 re­turn­ing to Albany

On Febru­ary 24 Rev White held a priv­ate re­quiem mass for the battle dead at St John's Church after which the group walked to the summit of Mt Clar­ence to watch a boat­man cast a wreath into the harbour

Re­verend White left for the east coast until 1929 when he re­turned to Albany to become Re­ctor of Saint John's Church

On April 25th 1930 he in­troduced a dawn service en­d­ing with a wreath being laid at the nearby war mem­orial The follow­ing year he added cast­ing a wreath into King George Sound and climb­ing to the summit of Mount Clar­ence where many had gathered to watch the convoy de­part in 1914 This tradi­tion was re­pea­ted every ANZAC Day

Rev White left Albany in 1938 and spent the rest of his life in New South Wales He died in 1954 aged 71

White is con­sidered to be the Father of the ANZAC Dawn Service.

Today the Padre White Look­out is an Albany icon popular for its histori­cal signific­ance and for the swee­ping pan­ora­mic views of King George Sound Middle­ton Beach dis­t­ant Porongorup and Stirl­ing Ranges and Albany surrounds

Part of the Herit­age Park com­plex the look­out com­prises a steel walk­way view­ing platform in­terpret­ive sign­age and accent light­ing The Look­out was re­furbished in 2013 as part of the $5.8m Herit­age Park upgrade and featured prom­in­­ent­ly in the 2014 ANZAC Centen­ary celebrations

Article updated 19/10/2016.