Date(s) - 25/04/2023
5:30 am - 6:15 am
Location: Golden Grove, Bicentennial Park, West Pymble
Address: corner Lofberg Road and Yanko Road, West Pymble 2073
Time: 5:30 am to 6:15 am
Category: Anzac Day Dawn Service
Organised by: Sydney North Region Scouts
Morning tea will be provided by West Pymble Scouts and Guides
Sydney North Region Scouts.
Girl Guides Australia.
Information for attendees:
This Dawn Service is primarily presented by the Youth of Ku-ring-gai, the only exception normally being the Guest Speaker. As a Dawn Service there is no march.
If you would like to lay a wreath at this service on behalf of your school, club, or association, and would like to be included in the official list, please Contact Us.
After the service everyone one is welcome to stay and enjoy a very early, morning tea.
Unless the weather is extremely bad, this Service will go ahead. Please be prepared for the likely weather conditions.
Check West Pymble’s weather here.
Golden Grove is accessed via Price of Wales Drive, off Lofberg Road, West Pymble
The Dawn Service
The first commemorative event of Anzac Day is the Dawn Service.. This is about the time men of the ANZAC approached the Gallipoli beach. However, the origin is the traditional ‘stand-to’, in which troops would be woken so that by the first rays of dawn they were in position and alert, in case of an enemy attack in the eerie half-light. It is a ritual and a moment remembered by many veterans.
Some debate exists about the first Dawn Service. Nevertheless, early dawn services such as that held in 1923 at Albany, Western Australia, conducted by the Reverend Arthur White—Rector of St John’s Church, and formerly a padre with the 44th Battalion on the Western Front—were the forerunners of the modern tradition.
The first official Dawn Service was held at Sydney’s Cenotaph during 1928. The simple ceremony was for veterans to assemble before dawn for ‘stand-to’ and two minutes of silence.