Remembering our ANZAC history

Pictured: Chidlow RSL members Phil Carter, Ian ​Johnstone, and Bob Burtenshaw.
RESIDENTS in the Shire of Mundaring are encouraged to commemorate ANZAC Day at their choice of local services this year.

Shire President John Daw said services would once again be held by RSL groups at Chidlow, Bellevue and Mundaring, and by Greenmount Primary School at Blackboy Hill.

"Each year the Shire is proud to support the ceremonies held in our community and their historical ties to the area," he said.

"Many places in our shire have special significance for war veterans and their families and once of these sites is the Chidlow War Memorial."

The memorial was constructed on Chidlow's Village Green in May 2017 thanks to funding from the Shire, Lotterywest, Chidlow Progress Association and donations.

"The Chidlow War Memorial acknowledges the area's military history and the 60,000 troops who spent time at Chidlow's army camps during World War II," said Cr Daw.

The camps operated from 1942 to 1944 to help provide protection for the western side of the country. Chidlow was chosen for its water supply, close proximity to the rail network, and distance from the sea which alleviated the threat of damage by enemy ships.

The site's military history still resonates with the community today. Chidlow RSL members Ian Johnstone, Phil Carter, and Bob Burtenshaw are among the locals who pay their respects at Chidlow's ANZAC Day service each year.

The three men recently congregated on Memorial Avenue in Chidlow where a tree, planted on Vietnam Veteran's Day in 2018, is now thriving. The men are pictured wearing medals on their left breast, reflective of their service both in Australia and overseas. Mr Carter served as an infantryman in Malaysia and Borneo, and Mr Burtenshaw served in Vietnam as an Air Force helicopter gunner.

President of the Chidlow RSL, Mr Johnstone, reflected on the importance of Chidlow's war monuments to the community.

"The war memorial and the new tree in Memorial Avenue are a reminder to us all to honour all Australians who have served our country in times of conflict from the Boer War to the present time," Mr Johnstone said.

"We should remember all of those who contributed on the home front supplying material and support to the Australians serving overseas.

"The sacrifices made by families who have cared, and who continue to care, for those who have returned home with physical and mental illness should also be recognised," he said.

The Chidlow ANZAC Day service will be held at Chidlow's Village Green on Thursday 25 April, starting with an 8am gunfire breakfast, 9.15am march-off, and 9.30am service and morning tea at Chidlow Hall, followed by lunch and entertainment at the Chidlow Tavern from 12.30pm.

Members of the community are invited to pay their respects at the following ANZAC Day services in 2019:

CHIDLOW Village Green – Cnr Old Northam and Thomas Road
THURSDAY 25 APRIL, 8am gunfire breakfast, 9.15am march-off, 9.30am service. Followed by morning tea in Chidlow Hall, 12.30pm lunch & entertainment at Chidlow Tavern.

GREENMOUNT Blackboy Hill Commemorative Site, Innamincka Road
WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL, Sunset service at 5.30pm
THURSDAY 25 APRIL, Dawn service at 6.15am (silent service)
Parking is available at Fraser Reserve, cnr Fraser & Woolowra Roads, Greenmount. Gunfire breakfast at conclusion of service.

BELLEVUE RSL – Memorial Garden, Purton Place
THURSDAY 25 APRIL, 12.15pm march-off, 12.30pm service.

MUNDARING RSL– Memorial Garden, Great Eastern Highway
THURSDAY 25 APRIL, 2.45pm march-off (from Mann Street), 3pm service.

For more details about these services please contact:
Shire of Mundaring: Monika – 9290 6604
Bellevue RSL: Scott – 0437 796 897
Mundaring RSL: Eric – 0419 925 637
Chidlow RSL: Ian – 0413 746 405

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