Summary

Programme for the "Anzac Commemoration Ceremony" organised by the Victorian Branch of the Returned Sailors', Soldiers' & Airmen's Imperial League of Australia, held at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Anzac Day, Wednesday 25 April 1945. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Governor Major-General The Honourable Sir Winston Dugan.

The programme outlines the order of the ceremony, including hymns, the Lord's Prayer, an address by Mr G. W. Holland, President of the Victorian Branch of the Returned Sailors', Soldiers' & Airmen's Imperial League of Australia, a silent tribute, the Last Post, Reveille and the national anthem.

Physical Description

One sheet of off-white paper folded in half to form a booklet with four pages. Text and graphics is printed on all pages in purple ink. There is a hole in the front cover. The booklet is discoloured.

Significance

The Anzac remembrance souvenir farthings recall the ways that 'Anzac' was becoming institutionalized as a focus for memorial activity in the years after World War I.

Service records for a 'Gouldthorpe' are not held at the National Archives of Australia, suggesting she may not have had a family member that served, or was from New Zealand. However, large numbers of women were involved in war work, such as fund-raising, the making and distribution of 'comforts' and working in organisations such as the Red Cross.

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