Anzac Day 2020
UPDATE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and ANZAC Day
Following discussions with the NSW Government, RSL NSW has made the decision to cancel all public ANZAC Day commemoration services across
the state. For further details, please visit the RSL NSW website.
For the latest advice on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) please refer to the Department of Health website.
Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national days of commemoration and is observed on 25 April each year.
Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915, during WWI.
However, the importance of Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli. It is a day to reflect on the sacrifices made by service women and men of both Australia and New Zealand who have participated and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and to send our thanks to those currently in service.
Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre
ANZAC Day 2020 will be remembered by the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre online - read featured articles and publications complemented by historical images.
Visit the website or call 8839 3311 for more information.
The Parramatta Lancers: Our City's own regiment
In 2018, Army Reserve Regiment the Royal NSW Lancers celebrated the 125th anniversary of their association with our City.
The Parramatta Lancers’ Heritage-listed barracks, originally a British garrison, were constructed between 1818 and 1820.
The Parramatta Lancers formed the famous Australian 1st Light Horse at the beginning of World War 1, operating at the Gallipoli Campaign and later in Palestine, where they played a vital role in the legendary cavalry charge at the Battle of Beersheba on 31 October 1917, and the subsequent surrender of the Ottoman Empire on 30 October 1918.
Their Royal prefix was awarded in 1935, and in 1959 the Royal NSW Lancers were granted the Freedom of the City of Parramatta, in recognition of their long-standing association with our City.
More information about the history of the Lancers can be found on the City of Parramatta Research Services website.