Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, AC, AFC (Ret’d)
The Albany Convoy Commemorative Event (ACCE) will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first convoy of ships that carried the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) to the First World War.
In October 1914, Albany in Western Australia was the gathering point for ships carrying the AIF and NZEF, which were later to become collectively known as the ‘Anzacs’.
Albany will host a commemorative event programme commencing on the
31 October - 2 November, 2014. During this commemoration period, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and international participants will mark the significant involvement of the first convoy. The schedule of activities will include a RAN Ceremonial Sunset, Troop March, Commemorative Service, the opening of the National Anzac Centre, and a Ship Open Day.
Albany will host events to commemorate this significant time in Australia’s history. Details are available at the ACCE Official Programme page.
A painting of the first convoy to leave Australia. The British cruiser HMS Minotaur is in the foreground. (Charles Bryant, First convoy at sea, 1920, oil on canvas, 122.5 cm x 275.3 cm, AWM ART00190)