11 November 1918 signifies the end of the First World War. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month we remember those who died.
Origins of Remembrance Day
- At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months... (Australian War Memorial website)
How did the people of NSW commemorate those who fought and died in the War?
After the conclusion of World War I the people of New South Wales looked for ways to remember those who had died. Metropolitan suburbs and small country towns planned a variety of memorials, ranging from carillons to rotundas, gates and statues. In Sydney, two major memorials were built, the Cenotaph in Martin Place and the ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park. Schools, workplaces, businesses and unions also created Rolls of Honor and other physical memorials. The first Anzac Day occurred in 1916 and has continued to develop as a national day of remembrance over the years.
From the NSW Centenary of Anzac website
Remembrance topics on the NSW Anzac of Centenary website
A single volume containing photographs of sketches and actual War Memorials in New South Wales. There are memorials, proposed memorials, competition designs and blueprints, including: Soldiers memorials, memorial pavilions, War memorials, bronze panels, memorial fountains, war memorial gates, war memorial bandstands, and memorial clock towers.
Photographs of government employees who worked in the Government Printing Office (GPO) and served in the AIF during World War I.
The Sydney Harbour Trust Commissioners (SHT) was a statutory body established by the Sydney Harbour Trust Act 1901 and was responsible for the general improvement, preservation and daily running of the Port of Sydney. All foreshores, lighthouses and tugs within Sydney Harbour which belonged to the Government were vested in the Trust, which also had the power to reclaim land for the erection of necessary infrastructure.
A selection of photos are from NRS 4481 Glass plate negatives from the Government Printing Office. They are employees from the New South Wales Department of Agriculture who died on military service
April 25 was officially named ‘Anzac Day’ by Acting Prime Minister Alexander Pearce in 1916. The day was to be a commemoration of the Gallipoli landing  to honour those who had served in that campaign. Each state planned a wide variety of ceremonies to mark the occasion and events included church memorial services, public ceremonies, marches and dinners for returned soldiers. A public holiday was not declared, however New South Wales Premier WA Holman requested “every man, woman and child [to] stand still” and for trains, trams and other vehicles to stop for one minute from noon on the day.