WW1 Memorial Themed Cruise

Includes a Unique Dawn Service onboard The Astor

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(08) 9847 4999

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Just over 100 Years ago, a young soldier woke up in his family home for the last time. Lying about his age was easy. Telling his mother was going was much harder than he ever imagined. He was going to see the world as promised by the posters, have an adventure of a life time with new brothers and comrades. After donning himself in his uniform, topped with the rising sun kissing his mother goodbye he hurriedly grabbed his sketchbook to capture the glorious ships that filled King George Sound. He must be quick, as its almost time to go.

This is an artists impression of what he saw from Albany’s shore. A shore, he would never stepped on again. Captured by local artist, Tilly Junairo.
Prints of this drawing can be ordered at Bluewrenshop.com

Honour the Legend Through this Amazing Cruise:

  • First time ever dawn service onboard The Astor off Middleton Beach.
  • Special talks hosted by guest Jon Doust
  • Invite-only visit to the “Recollections of War” private museum
  • Tour through the world recognised National Anzac Centre in Albany
  • Special RSL afternoon tea with Regimental Colonel Brigadier Geoff Hand AM.RFD.
  • Dusk service at the monument on Mt Clarence including playing of ‘The Last Post’

Why is this WW1 Memorial Cruise in January 2018?

ANZAC DAY – 25th April would be the perfect time, unfortunately there are no cruise ships available for this date.

It’s uncanny… If you have visited Gallipoli, and also stood at the base of Memorial Monument, Mt Clarence you can instantly recognise how similar the terrain appears.

Close your eyes and imagine what it must of been like for the ANZACs as they waited to storm ashore at ANZAC Cove.

If you are like me… You can’t, as it is so far from our perspectives of reality. However, what you will do with this Unique Dawn Service is experience visually a similar landscape that created the ANZACs. Albeit without the same threats and dangers

This unique world first dawn service off shore Albany, has never been held before. Our gratitude must go to the captain of the Astor for agreeing to arrive in Albany earlier than scheduled.

There is no guarantee this will ever happen again.

Jon Doust is passionate about Albany’s ANZAC, and is regularly invited by cruise lines visiting Albany to host tour groups through the NAC.

Jon will be hosting a series of talks designed to stimulate an prepare you for your Albany experience.

Talks will include:

  • ASTOR AND ANZAC
  • Brief history of Albany
  • Who was here first – the Menang Noongar meet the Garrison from NSW
  • How it settled – early relationships
  • The Anzac horses
  • The Dousts the Bakers
  • Particular Battles
    • The Nek
    • Beersheba
    • Maghdaba
    • Jerusalem
    • Damascus

Visit the “Recollections of War” private museum – only available by special invitation.

“In a modest building in the backyard of a family farm between Albany and Denmark in Western Australia, an impressive collection of military memorabilia attracts visitors from around the world.” 

… “The private collection contains thousands of historical artefacts from the Boer War onwards, meticulously exhibited in four purpose-built showrooms.”

( Extract from ABC News Article )

Includes fresh farm scones with tea or coffee.

World recognised NAC visit, including a firing of the canon. This is usually reserved for special occasions.

“Opened on the 1st of November 2014 by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand, The National Anzac Centre is an award-winning facility that uses multimedia, interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.”

(read more: http://www.nationalanzaccentre.com.au/)

Afternoon tea with special guest General Geoff Hand.

The last light is shinning on the iconic Desert Corps Memorial on Mt Clarence in Albany. The photo is soft and hazy which brings to mind the uncertainty of the young digger’s destiny. They marched through the streets and embarked their ships. It is hard for us to imagine their thoughts as the last ship sailed out of sight. For our diggers this was the last part of Albany they would ever see. Too many didn’t return. Spare a thought for the families who lost their sons, husbands, fathers, what must of been going on in there minds? People would have stood on this very spot, saw this very view as the last ship vanished out of sight, praying for there safe return. 100 years on and forevermore we will remember them. They were young and full of courage and hope, leaving behind loved ones. They gave up all they had for us. This photo was taken to reflect all those memories.

Dusk service at Memorial Monument, Mt Clarence, where the days many emotions will all come together. You will have time to slowly walk though trees in the Avenue of honour.

The stark reminder of war will hit you as you slowly wonder from tree to tree.

As you read the plaques at the base of each tree, it will remind you how young these men and women were, and how important it is to prevent future conflicts that involve our great nation. –

At around 7-10pm the Albany RSL will host an exclusive Dawn Service to close out the day.

As the bugler plays “the Last Post” to the final rays of daylight, I’m positive you will experience emotions and a sense of gratitude like no other.

Lest We Forget

Listen in as Andrew Collins from ABC radio interviews John Spark on his unique memorial dawn and dusk services cruise to Albany in January 2018

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