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Desk, Robes and Altar commemorate Padre Arthur White, who was the founder of the "Dawn Service".

The first ANZAC Dawn Service was held at Albany in Western Australia which was the assembly point in October 1914 for a troop convoy which carried 30,000 Australian and New Zealand troops to World War One. The first dawn service was the idea of Padre Arthur White. He was army chaplain to the 44th Infantry Battalion in the trenches of France.

After the war, soon after being appointed Rector of Albany in 1929, Father White announced his intention to say a Requiem for the War Dead at six o’clock on the morning of ANZAC Day, 1930. After the Requiem, he and the choir and congregation moved in procession to the nearby Albany War Memorial for a simple wreath-laying ceremony.


Address:York Street , St John`s Anglican Church, Albany, 6330
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.025535
Long: 117.883467
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Religious Object
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 26th December, 1976
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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