Surf boats reenact Anzac landing

A stirring re-enactment of the Anzacs’ initial landing set the scene for the dawn service at picturesque Terrigal Beach on the NSW Central Coast. Flares were lit and music played as the boats came to shore, complete with audio of troops shouting and incessant gunfire as they marched into war. Gosford resident Elisha Wenner said: “It was very moving to actually think about what it would have been like.” It was one of eight dawn services on the Central Coast on Saturday,... Read More

Fraser Island shipwreck linked to Gallipoli

The famous wreck of New Zealand’s SS Maheno, aground on Fraser Island’s eastern beach for the past 80 years, today provided a backdrop to the celebration of a special connection between Australia and New Zealand at Gallipoli. The ship’s bell was escorted to the island by school children from the town of Maheno in New Zealand after which the ship was named. A crowd estimated at more 600 people attended the service on the beach alongside the Maheno wreck in brilliant sunshine. One... Read More

Anzac service in Abu Dhabi

The Australian and New Zealand embassies are hosting a dawn service in Abu Dhabi on Anzac Day. They will commemorate Australian and New Zealanders who have died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions. Defence Attaché Colonel Darryl Groves will lead the service from 5am on the Falcon Lawn at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel, Abu Dhabi. A spokeswoman for the Defence Attaché said the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish ambassadors would be among the 800 expected to attend. This... Read More

Central Coast battered by storms

The Central Coast has been left reeling after once-in-a-decade storms battered the region over the past two days. Winds of up to 135 kilometres per hour were recorded, while flash flooding caused traffic chaos and damaged many homes. An estimated one-third of all homes and businesses on the Central Coast were left without power. About 200,000 Ausgrid customers were without power in Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter at 9:30am, according to Ausgrid’s Facebook page. Residents... Read More

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