ANZAC Day, News

Large crowds gather for ANZAC Day services in the north

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The dawn service on Austinmer Beach today attracted huge crowds. Photo: Matt Kettley

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The service at the Thirroul cenotaph today. Photo: Sandon Point – Bulli. Then & Now Facebook

 Thousands of Northern Illawarra residents have gathered at cenotaphs and memorials today to mark Anzac Day.

Large crowds paid their respects at the recently restored Austinmer memorial, while big numbers were again reported at Woonona Bulli RSL Club, Corrimal and Thirroul for dawn services and marches.

The centre of Wollongong was packed as the city’s march made its way from Kembla Street to MacCabe Park and a service at the cenotaph.

As well as RSL sub-branches from Woonona Bulli, Corrimal, Thirroul/Austinmer and Coledale, scouts and other groups were represented in Wollongong‘s march, including marching bands and the Republic of South Vietnam.

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The large crowd at the dawn service at Woonona Bulli RSL Club this morning. Photo: Woonona Bulli RSL Club Facebook

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The dawn service on Austinmer Beach today attracted huge crowds. Photo: Matt Kettley

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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