The ANZAC Peace Park, located at the bottom of York Street, commemorates the centenary of Albany's role as the departure point for the convoy of 30,000 ANZAC troops leaving for Gallipoli during World War 1.
In 2005, the City of Albany engaged Freeman Ryan Design and landscape architects Syrinx Environmental to design a commemorative park to be the focal point for remembrance of the ANZAC tradition, and Albany's role within it.
Officially opened in 2010, the park is now the venue for Albany’s ANZAC Day Service each year and features a Memorial Wall, the Pier of Remembrance, Lone Pine Grove, an interpretive walk, flag poles, lighting, seating and landscaped gardens.
The Memorial Wall near York Street lists the names of soldiers who fell in combat. The Pier of Remembrance, jutting out into princess Royal Harbour, features plaques listing the ships in the ANZAC convoys that left king George Sound and a memorial plaque to the submarine AE2. Lone Pine Grove has seedlings grown from the seeds of Aleppo pines of Lone Pine in Gallipoli representing the connection between the two cities.
Features a Memorial Wall, the Pier of Remembrance, Lone Pine Grove and an interpretive walk.
On November 1st, 2014 the official centenary celebrations were televised nationally and witnessed locally by 60,000 spectators. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and NZ Prime Minister John Key laid wreaths at the Memorial Wall while seven warships replicated the departure of the original convey from King George Sound.
Today you can explore this beautiful park and be reminded of this important part of Australia’s history and how it forged Australia’s values of mateship and honour.
Article updated 02/09/2015.