ANZAC@HOME 2020

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How did you observe ANZAC Day @ home 2020?

We are documenting people’s participation in Anzac Day @ HOME in the Hunter Region during the COVID-19 Lock-down 2020.

Given this year’s public Anzac Day ceremonies have been banned across the nation, many communities have responded by deciding to more-or-less democratise the commemoration of Anzac Day.

There were many Anzac style commemorations and decorations in people’s front yards on Anzac Day 2020. If you would like to contribute your photos or stories please contact us at archives@newcastle.edu.au 

Alek Miller (right), Dave (left) and Bill Garrett (middle). Raymond Terrace, NSW
Darren Chasty with his medals, Anzac Day 2020. Raymond Terrace, NSW
Darren Chasty with his medals, Anzac Day 2020. Raymond Terrace, NSW

 

“This morning Darren & I participated in the Dawn Anzac Service from the bottom of our driveway. There was only one other neighbour doing the same.
We opened the car doors and had the dawn service loudly on the speakers. We wanted everyone to hear it in their bedrooms. Slackers. It went even louder when the last post, reveille & National Anthem played.

Darren himself is a returned veteran from East Timor x2 & Bouganville. He was a member of the army for 6 years before changing to the RAAF for 21 years.
My father, who lives on the other side of Raymond Terrace, is a returned Vietnam Veteran and was also working in Saudi Arabia for the first Gulf War. A member of the RAAF for 25 years. My father and several other neighbours held their own service. Several of them, returned Korea & Vietnam Veterans.

We are remembering some of Darren’s family.
• Harold Richard Noel Webber NX71761 Army 2nd AIF – killed 1942 Kokoda
• Robert Crawford Chasty Army RTN – Korea (Stationed in Japan mostly), Maralinga
• James Henry Chasty Army RTN – WWI (UK) WWII (Australia)
• Clarence Webber Army RTN – Army 2nd AIF
• Ernest Webb Ashman. QX31191 Army RTN – 2nd AIF

There are other family members who served and have returned. There are others that haven’t. There is a family member, great great uncle who died in France.
My family is small and family tree unknown. Mostly East European – Poland, Ukraine, some German. I do know my step-grandfather was in the Polish Underground resistance. Family members were taken from Poland and were refugees in German camps before immigrating either to UK, USA or Australia.”

Kind regards and good luck with the project,

Karen Chasty”

Danielle Therese - Wallsnd, NSW
Danielle Therese – Wallsend, NSW
Leonie and Rod Healy, Wallsend
Leonie and Rod Healy, Wallsend, NSW
Jeanette Bush
Contributed by Jeanette Bush. Driveway, Pillapai St, Charlestown,NSW
Jennifer Edwards - Banksia Grove
Jennifer Edwards – Banksia Grove
Alison Bayley, Gillieston Hts, Maitland
Alison Bayley, Gillieston Hts, Maitland NSW “My Dad and I stood in the driveway and had the Anzac app on my iPhone and the ABC radio app on at Dawn in Gillieston Heights in Maitland NSW”
Toni Saxon
Contributed by Toni Saxon
Tracie Maria, Belmont North
Contributed by Tracie Maria, Belmont North
Valma Patfield
Contributed by Valma Patfield “Five brothers from Inverell fought in WW1 and only four returned. Lest We Forget”
Anne Marie Hoddle
Contributed by Anne Marie Hoddle “My little tribute at dawn in Singleton.”
Debbie Posker At adamstown we could hear a bugler up the road.
Debbie Posker,  “we could hear a bugler up the road” Adamstown, NSW
Christine Gregory My tribute to my parents & brother.
Contributed by Christine Gregory “My tribute to my parents & brother”
Mary Tarrant, Hamilton South
Mary Tarrant, Hamilton South, NSW “Several neighbours in Kemp Street, Hamilton South gathered at their front gates with lighted candles and listened to the ANZAC Commemoration from Canberra, we then greeted each other maintaining social distancing. I’m not sure how many had relatives who served their country, but I remembered my dear father, Arthur Balks, who served in the Army at Fort Scratchley from 1940 to 1957 and was on duty on 8th June 1942, the morning Newcastle was attacked by the Japanese Submarine I-21. After the war he re-enlisted immediately and was lucky to stay at the Fort, where I now volunteer. “
Nellie French Philp
Contributed by Nellie French Philp
Narelle Paterson
Contributed by Narelle Paterson
Robert Watson
Contributed by Robert Watson, Wallsend, NSW
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Contributed by Robert Watson, Wallsend, NSW
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Contributed by Robert Watson, Wallsend, NSW
Melissa Bridges Jewells.
Contributed by Melissa Bridges from Jewells, NSW
Val Wyborn, Singleton
Contributed by Val Wyborn, Singleton, NSW
Dianne Frizza, Wallsend 'Lest we Forget'
Contributed by Dianne Frizza, Wallsend ‘Lest we Forget’
Jan Melville
Contributed by Jan Melville
Jane Phillips, Fern Bay
Contributed by Jane Phillips, Fern Bay, NSW
Jennifer Crichton 2
Contributed by Jennifer Crichton
Jennifer Crichton
Contributed by Jennifer Crichton
Jodie Dale, Adamstown
Contributed by Jodie Dale, Adamstown, NSW
Joy-anne Ryder Bolton Point
Contributed by Joy-anne Ryder Bolton Point, NSW
Julie Gardiner, Thornton
Contributed by Julie Gardiner, Thornton, NSW
Leanee Blackie, Tarro
Contributed by Leanne Blackie, Tarro, NSW
Leanne Brook-Pickles Waratah West, good turn out in our street, 7 including us from what we could see.
Contributed by Leanne Brook-Pickles from Waratah West  “good turn out in our street, 7 including us from what we could see.”
Leanne Holmes, Adamstown
Contributed by Leanne Holmes, Adamstown, NSW
Lisa Maree
Contributed by Lisa Maree – ANZAC Day Dawn Service at North Arm Cove, NSW

“We went at 5.45 along a couple of houses to a service – three little children opposite and their mum played violin, flutes and bugle on a recording in the background. We had our torches and it was beautiful . . . Tim was in full airforce uniform looked so handsome. Amazing what this virus had brought out in people.”  Varelle Hardy, Hamilton.”

Varelle Hardy
Dumaresq Street, Hamilton South, NSW
Liz O'Sullivan
Contributed by Liz O’Sullivan, Third St Adamstown, NSW
Robyn Cox
Robyn Cox “Our contribution Muswellbrook NSW”
Tracy Findlay
Contributed by Tracy Findlay, Buchanan, NSW
Mandy Smith, Wallsend
Contributed by Mandy Smith, Wallsend, NSW
Alecia Walters
Contributed by Alecia Walters “Our 2 oldest children members of Newcastle’s Marching Koalas standing proudly honoring the fallen”
Vicki Raciti
Contributed by Vicki Raciti “At home in Wangi Wangi, NSW”
Sandy Owens - over Newcastle Harbour
Contributed by Sandy Owens – over Newcastle Harbour, NSW
Sharon Duce , Elermore Vale
Sharon Duce , Elermore Vale, NSW “Aquarius Avenue Elermore Vale nearly every resident of the street was out to pay tribute.”

“The residents of Moira Street Adamstown, had a dawn service and another at 9 30am. With social distance we had 3 pipers, a young Yr 12 student sound the last post, 2 young singers from Waratah Girls Choir plus many residents decorated their fences wreaths were made and laid. So proud of everyone.” Marilyn Bridges, Adamstown, NSW.

Anzac Day 2020 commemoration at Moira Street, Adamstown. Contributed by Marilyn Bridges.
Anzac Day 2020 commemoration at Moira Street, Adamstown. Contributed by Marilyn Bridges.
Anzac Day 2020 commemoration at Moira Street, Adamstown. Contributed by Marilyn Bridges.
Anzac Day 2020 commemoration at Moira Street, Adamstown. Contributed by Marilyn Bridges.
Anzac Day 2020 commemoration at Moira Street, Adamstown. Contributed by Marilyn Bridges.
Anzac Day 2020 commemoration at Moira Street, Adamstown. Contributed by Marilyn Bridges.
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Mayfield. Photograph Ann Hardy, 25 April 2020
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Barton Street, Mayfield. Photograph Ann Hardy, 25 April 2020
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Barton Street, Mayfield. Photograph Ann Hardy, 25 April 2020
Ann Hardy
Barton Street, Mayfield. Photograph Ann Hardy, 25 April 2020

 

I taught my children how to make a traditional laurel wreath. We decorated and hung lanterns and put flags up at our fence.
In the pre dawn my children Scarlett 11 and a Caesar 9 dressed in their school prefect and cubs uniforms. We had a portable radio which we had the service playing and stood out on our driveway, the children laying their wreaths.
Many people were out in our street and someone nearby was playing bagpipes.
We spoke of the meaning of ANZAC day and why we commemorate it. It was probably the best service we have done.
Clare Lewis
Medowie. NSW

 

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Contributed by Clare Lewis
Medowie. NSW
Claire 3
Contributed by Clare Lewis
Medowie. NSW
Claire 4
Contributed by Clare Lewis
Medowie. NSW
Clare
Contributed by Clare Lewis
Medowie. NSW

 

We are the Henwood family, a family of five from Medowie NSW. This year due to the Covid-19 virus and our children being home from school and daycare due to self isolation, we took the opportunity to talk to our children about the meaning of ANZAC Day and why we celebrate it.

In the past our two oldest children had attended the ceremony at our local memorial with us and we decided that we would like to continue to remember our ancestors and honour all of our servicemen and women by listening to the ABC broadcast from our driveway at dawn and participating in two minutes of silence with other neighbours in our street who were also doing the same from their driveways.
In the days leading up to ANZAC day the children and I used paper plates to create giant red poppy flowers which we stuck to candle holders which we used to line our driveway. We also put some on our front door and hung an Australian flag above them on the door.
Before dawn we lit the candle holders and joined many of neighbours out on the ends of our driveway, we listen to the ABC broadcast and as the sun began to rise we stood quietly on our driveway holding two minutes of silence. Later we and all our neighbours turned to towards our neighbours flagpole and sung the Australian National Anthem. It was such a special and memorable way to pay our respects and something we will always remember.

Henwood Family
Contribution from Henwood Family, Medowie, NSW.
Henwood Family
Contribution from Henwood Family, Medowie, NSW.
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Contribution from Henwood Family, Medowie, NSW.
Contribution from Henwood Family, Medowie, NSW.
Contribution from Henwood Family, Medowie, NSW.
Contribution from Henwood Family, Medowie, NSW.
Contribution from Henwood Family, Medowie, NSW.
Contribution from Henwood Family, Medowie, NSW.

Many thanks to Associate Professor Dr Heather Sharp and Yvonne Fletcher, UON School of Education for their collaboration.

Cover image – Hamilton South, NSW.

 

 

LEST WE FORGET

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3 thoughts on “ANZAC@HOME 2020

  1. This morning at 6am there was a small gathering of residents at the junction of Parry and Bruce Streets who, with their candles, stood silently at the correct distance, while a bugle played the Last Post, and then Reveille. It was simple and yet moving. We all I think were grateful for the opportunity to thank our family members and all of those who died, or suffered the consequences of war. I thank the person who played the bugle so beautifully too. I was proud to remember my dear father who flew Spitfires in England, my uncle who was flying in the Middle East but was captured and became a POW, and my mother who was a WAAF.

  2. 2020 was the year miss Ashley Hitchcock was ready to march with her great uncle Fredrick Balaam medals ex service man with the Royal Australian navy.
    Ashley was quiet upset this wasn’t going to happen but still wanted to repay her respects.
    She wrote to her local member of parliament mrs Meryl swanson asking where could she purchase a Australian flag to hold her own service,mrs Swanson was more then happy to send one out in the post.
    Ashley Hitchcock Marches up her driveway wearing her great uncle’s medals lays her wreath which she also made and places it under her flag.

  3. Several neighbours in Kemp Street, Hamilton South gathered at their front gates with lighted candles and listened to the ANZAC Commemoration from Canberra, we then greeted each other maintaining social distancing. I’m not sure how many had relatives who served their country, but I remembered my dear father, Arthur Balks, who served in the Army at Fort Scratchley from 1940 to 1957 and was on duty on 8th June 1942, the morning Newcastle was attacked by the Japanese Submarine I-21. After the war he re-enlisted immediately and was fortunate to stay at the Fort for the remainder of his service, where I now volunteer.

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