Burnie Centenary of ANZAC


Location Burnie Park, Bass Highway & West Park Grove, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
Type memorial

The two winged walls will also act as place for memorials to acknowledge past and future conflicts which are not yet recognised at the cenotaph

Built Not yet discovered
Opened 31 March 2015

Commemorating 100 years of ANZAC

The landings at Gallipoli by Australian and New Zealand forces on 25 April 1915 brought the term "ANZAC" into Australian thought, language and life. Many Australians now see the campaign as the symbolic birth of our nation. The term ANZAC has come to represent these qualities admired by Australians : equality, endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship.

The Gallipoli campaign in military terms was a disaster. It was a successful withdrawal, not a glorious victory. Worse, it was responsible for the loss of thousands of Australian and New Zealand lives for no real benefit to the Allied war effort. Despite this, the actions and spirit of the first ANZACs left an enduring legacy.

At the time of the Great War, there were just under 3,000 people living in Burnie. It is estimated that 272 of those (nearly 10% of the population) enlisted. Fifty-seven lost their lives; many others returned broken - limbless, shell-shocked or quietly changed forever.

This wall marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. We pay homage to those first ANZACs, to the men and women of Burnie who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and to those who have served their country since.