Anzac Community Grant Recipients 2021

52 projects received support from the 2021 Anzac Community Grant Program:

Grants were awarded in February 2022.




Project title

Brief project description

Funding granted

Glen Innes & District Historical Society Inc.

Glenn Innes

Purchase display cabinet

The purchase of a larger and self-illuminated display case to replace one unfit for purpose will enable us to display further items and stories in our Services Memorial Room. The purchase of the display case will give us more space to tell the stories of conflicts and service people, and the related organisations such as the RSL sub-Branch, Legacy, Torchbearers for Legacy, Laurel Club, and Red Cross, as well as the supporting roles being carried out on the home front. Thus we will achieve our aim of providing the best service we can to promote appreciation and understanding of the service and sacrifice of military service personnel.


Operations Jaywick & Rimau Memorial Committee

Niagara Park

Operations Jaywick & Rimau 1943-45

Hosting of the annual event to commemorate Operations Jaywick & Rimau 1943-45.


Shoalhaven Historical Society Inc.


Trees of Remembrance in the Shoalhaven

Renowned local historian Robyn Florance will thoroughly research and record the planting of memorial trees and avenues across the Shoalhaven, from Berry in the north to Milton/Ulladulla in the south in the post World War I period.


Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch)


RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Service

The service follows a traditional Anzac Day commemoration with students honouring the service and sacrifice of servicemen and servicewomen. The service is conducted entirely by students, hand selected through the three education sectors, with over 1,000 students in attendance on the day.


Fixx Events Pty Ltd


Avoca Beachside Markets Anzac Concert

Avoca Beachside Markets Anzac Concert, in conjunction with Soldier On, Rotary Kincumber and Gosford RSL. We will start the day at 9am with the Last Post and traditional message and silence, followed by a concert programme and musical offerings from 9am-2pm. We will look to target more returned service patrons, groups and charities and look to have an interactive war medals and service area for the public to see and hear stories and exchange emotions and fortunes.


Australian Foundation for Disability


Ensuring our War Heroes Sacrifices are always remembered

Through this funding we will be able to introduce our many people with disabilities on the history of our War Heroes firsthand. They will be able to go to a museum and see and understand how their ancestors not only Australian but our Multicultural people with disabilities ancestors have all played a role in forming the Australian Culture and Country today.


Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah

Dee Why

Day Bus Trip for 12 Veterans

Through this project we seek to support veterans with mental health and wellbeing. To give NSW veterans a wonderful experience through having a day of fun and companionship with other veterans in our community and visit to the Blue Mountains.


Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans & Associated Forces Inc


Veterans excursion to the Maritime Museum & HARS Aircraft Museum

Conducting commemorative events & day trips of significance to veterans & war widows we intend to address the overall wellbeing of our ageing veteran & war widow cohort & overcome social isolation & in so doing we continue to enhance the memory of those who served in our Nation's uniform, many making the supreme sacrifice. Significant events include trips to the Maritime Museum & HARS Aircraft Museum.


The City of Albury RSL sub-Branch


Anzac Day 2022

The City of Albury RSL sub-Branch conducts the Annual Albury Anzac Day, Dawn Service, Street March and the 10am Commemorative Service. The services are conducted at the Albury War Memorial and attract large crowds.


Kearsley Community Dawn Service Committee Incorporated


Commemorative plaques for World War I service personnel from Kearsley and Abernethy

The Committee wishes to honour 24 men from the Australian and British forces during World War I (who have not yet been acknowledged) by placing individual plaques on the World War I Bench of Remembrance in the grounds of the Arthur Francis, CSC OAM Remembrance Garden at Kearsley Community Hall. The service records were able to be located after accessing 1913 and 1930 electoral rolls for the villages of Kearsley, Edenville and Abernethy.


Project NSWGR Nashos 1965-1972


NSWGRNashos 1965-1972

Through this project, we will commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the suspension of National Service in December 2022 and produce commemorative caps. We also aim to identify the approximate 923 NSW Government Railway employees who were conscripted into the Army to serve their National Service. We will achieve this by searching through the Railway Archives, we will also promote the project through social media and will also enlist the help of the Vietnam Veterans Associations, who have indicated that they will canvas their members.


Gulgong RSL sub-Branch


Gulgong RSL Sub-Branch 2022 ANZAC Day commemoration

Through this project we seek to improve the health and wellbeing of local veterans by acknowledging and commemorating their service and sacrifice, acknowledging, and commemorating the local veterans will also educate the wider community about their service. The Gulgong RSL Sub-Branch will achieve this by our Anzac Day Service.


NSW Police RSL sub-Branch

Centennial Park

List of Police called up for National Service 1965-1971

On one of the walls of the public foyer of the Sydney Police Centre at 151 - 241 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills 2010 are two Honour Rolls made of marble. One lists those Police Officers who served in The Great War (1914-1918), the other of those Police Officers who served in WW2 (1939-1945). It is proposed to have another marble plaque made and erected listing those Police Officers who were called up for 2 years of National Service from 1965-1972.


City of Penrith RSL sub-Branch


Suicide Prevention Workshop

Our Volunteer Wellbeing Officers are conscious of the need to undergo further Wellbeing Training which recognises the potential for veterans to consider self-harm & suicidal thoughts.


Glenorie RSL sub-Branch


ANZAC Day Dawn Service

Through the Anzac Day Dawn Service we seek to honour the memories and services of our Community Members who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today by hosting a memorial service and laying wreaths in their memory. We will achieve this by providing a safe venue for the community to attend with appropriate audio systems to transmit the service.


Moss Vale RSL sub-Branch

Moss Vale

Memorial Display Cabinet

Through this project we seek to display memorabilia for visitors, school children tours and for the remembrance of our veterans.


Boolaroo Speers Point RSL sub-Branch


ANZAC Day Services Speers Point and Teralba

Through this project we seek to provide two safe professional, moving, solemn and educational Anzac Day services that promote the appreciation and understanding of the service and sacrifice of local military service personnel, past and present. We will achieve this by conducting two Anzac Day services, a Dawn Service at the Speers Point Park and an 8am service in the Teralba memorial park.


Ourimbah-Lisarow RSL sub-Branch


ANZAC Day 2022

The aim is to provide a better-quality sound system for the event which also incorporates a link into the television system within the RSL Club itself. Allowing the service to be broadcast throughout the club and the ceremony to be heard above the local loud noises of traffic and trains in the area. A local production company would provide the equipment and expertise to run the event ensuring a more professional approach. They will cover both the Dawn Service and afternoon march.


Howlong RSL sub-Branch


Supply of wreaths and light supper to members

We hope that being able to help mark the Anzac Day event by supplying additional 2 wreaths to our smaller townships this will help ensure that the event has the spirit that pays homage to all service men and women. Providing a light supper to members and other parties involved will enable those members an opportunity to enjoy the Anzac Day spirit.


Glen Innes RSL sub-Branch

Glenn Innes

2022 Anzac Day Parade and Commemoration

We will provide a full Anzac Day Parade with volunteers handing out badges, memorabilia and flags to commemorate the Anzacs. We also wish to continue maintain involvement in local Schools for the Anzac Day Parade. We hope to connect with a wide target audience on Facebook by providing historical data, event dates and interactive comments. We hope to offer in 2022, a special historical tour of our Glen Innes History House RSL section.


Academic & Vocational Training Pty Ltd

Taylors Beach

Commemorative plaque, seating and lighting to gazebo and flagpole

The Taylors Beach community has a beautifully maintained park with a gazebo and flag pole. Through this project we seek to provide electricity to the gazebo and lighting to the flag pole, together with a plaque at the base of the flag pole. We will achieve this by Port Stephens Council committing to connecting electricity from the existing nearby P.S. Council owned meter box. We also hope to be able to purchase pre-loved bench seating as we have just one bench seat in our park.


Mulga Bill Festival inc. T/A Banjo Paterson...more than a Poet Museum.


Australian Light Horse Display Cabinet

Our Banjo Paterson, more than a Poet Museum contains many unusual pieces of WW1 memorabilia as well featuring Major Paterson and his role in the Remount Station. Our project here is to purchase through this grant a glass display cabinet to show off our Australian Light Horse material in a secure display.


Catholic Parish of St Mary's Grafton - St Mary's Primary School


The St Mary's Commemorative Walk

Employing an artist to paint aspects of the armed forces, such as a light-horse soldier, a Gallipoli scene, navy boat, Air Force plane, and a sunset including poppies depicting the going down of the sun, and attach the freezes to the paling fence on the northern side of the school. They will be attached to the fence at intervals like a walk of fame. Each image will be facing the same way towards the west along the fence. The 'walk' will be visible from the main access road in front of the school.


North Sydney RSL sub-Branch

North Sydney

Veterans Health Week 10 Day Movement Challenge

The Veterans Health Week Movement Challenge aims to bridge the gap for any veteran that may be prevented from attending our VHW activities such as those at John of God Hospital and other health clinics. Our vision is to make the 10 Day Movement Challenge super simple for the hospital team to facilitate with 10 separate activities spaced over 10 separate days; it all counts be-it yoga, gardening, swimming, walking, yoga, EP/physio, going to the gym, sailing and surfing.


Saltwater Veterans (Partnered with Young Veterans)


Veterans Remembrance Sailing Activity

Through this project, we seek to create psychosocial reconnection opportunities and support to our contemporary veterans and to provide historical talks about former military training areas on the Northern Beaches of NSW. Whilst conducting sail training, we will sail to historically significant maritime venues around the Pittwater including the former WWII Torpedo Testing Range, coastal defence bunkers and Camp Z of Operation Jaywick in Refuge Bay.


Alstonville Plateau Historical Society


Preservation and display of original letter relating to Patrick Bugden VC

The project has two components. The first is to preserve a very frail form letter written in 1917 by Patrick Bugden VC to the friends of Patrick Bugden's parents who had sent condolences following Paddy's death. The second component is preparing this letter and two high quality replicas for display. One replica will be provided to the RSL and the other displayed in the museum. Both the conservation of the original letter and the production of the replicas will be following best conservation principles.


Warren Shire Council


Enhancing the War Memorial Gardens

We seek to enhance the gardens at the Cenotaph. We will achieve this by extending the existing gardens and planting special Gallipoli Centenary roses. This stunning rose was carefully selected to commemorate one of the most significant moments in Australia’s history, the Gallipoli Centenary in 2015. It is bred by world renowned rose breeders, Kordes of Germany and has the exceptional health and disease tolerance that they are famous for.


Pelican Flat RSL sub-Branch


Researching Local Servicemen and Women

History of the sub-Branch and Ex-servicemen and Woman from the area have been destroyed, and this project will undertake new research into the local Servicemen and women of the area. The sub-Branch has formed a good relationship with the three local public schools in the area, Blacksmiths, Marks Point and Pelican Flat, and will involve their students. We are looking into the resources available through the Anzac Memorial so that we can hopefully support and encourage the 6th Class students to conduct research and avail themselves of resources, through that learning process.


Gol Gol Public School

Gol Gol

Sandstone Retaining Wall

Our project is a continuation of our ANZAC Garden and this year we are wanting to add a sandstone wall to act as a barrier for our Lone Pine Tree and for our soldiers who guard our garden, which we acquired via your generous grant last year. In keeping with the ANZAC spirit the placement of our garden is in an area that the entire school community can appreciate and utilize as a quiet place of reflection.


This Story Australia Ltd

Albany Creek

Remembering our Veterans through living histories

Through this project we seek to produce a documentary on the service of Polish born Ziggy Gnojek’s who joined the Polish Resistance at the age of 14 and his service during WWII for the allied forces. Ziggy became a naturalised Australian in 1956 and in the 65 years since, his stories and dedication to the wellbeing of Australian Veterans through his work with Mereweather-Hamilton-Adamstown RSL sub-Branch draw attention to the importance of Australia’s involvement in WWII through the eyes of a young Polish boy.


Clarence Town ANZAC Committee

Clarence Town

Public Address System Purchase

The PA system would assist in continuing our Anzac and Remembrance Day ceremonies.


Glenorie Progress Association


Ray Whiteman Heritage Fence

Through this project we seek to encourage and an awareness of the armed forces and add value to and enhance the beauty of the Cenotaph by adding a commemorative fence to the surrounds.


Baradine & District Progress Association Inc.


Baradine Spirit of Anzac Garden of Remembrance

In this project we seek to create a highly visible living garden of remembrance at the front of the Baradine Memorial Hall as a reminder of the sacrifices made by district servicemen and women in all wars and conflicts. We will achieve this by establishing an Australian native garden, replacing the damaged Lone Pine trees and purchasing a bench seat with a commemorative plaque.


Fairfield City Heritage Services - Fairfield City Council


Fairfield Memories of the Vietnam War (FMOTVW)

FMOTVW is an oral history project aiming to produce 10 video recordings of interviews with local Vietnam War veterans and civilians impacted by the conflict. The interviewees will be contacted with assistance from the local RSL sub-Branches (Fairfield, Canley Vale, Smithfield, Cabra-Vale Diggers). The videos will be made permanently accessible through our online Heritage Collection website and shared with project partners and participants.


Baradine branch of the Country Women's Association of NSW


CWA tribute to Women in War

In this project we will create a small garden corner of remembrance at the front of the Baradine CWA of NSW hall as a reminder of the contribution made by district service women in all wars and conflicts. We will achieve this by planting commemorative Gallipoli roses and purchasing a locally made Pilliga Forest timber bench seat with a commemorative plaque. The commemorative corner will be opened on Anzac Day 2022 with an afternoon tea and a presentation on district women in war by a local historian.


Winston Mall Children's Centre

Winston Hills

Veterans' Stories

The children and families at Winston Mall Children's Centre will be invited to collect stories, memorabilia and photographs of their family members who are veterans and bring this information to share with their peers and teachers to support community learning. Children will do a "show and tell" to their class as part of the learning about veterans and their service. Family members will also be invited to come and talk about their experiences and share the rich history with the children at the centre.


Richard Joseph Barry OAM


Respect Their Service Too

This project seeks to inform the community of the trials and tribulations of men who under the threat of jail were compulsorily called away from their civilian jobs. They went on to fight in a war that divided the nation like no other. All work done by me on a not-for-profit basis for non-profit organisations.


Windsor & District RSL sub-Branch

South Windsor

Replace Memorabilia Cabinets

We plan to purchase two good quality display cabinets befitting the Military History of Australia. The cabinets come complete ready for use. Sub-Branch members, family and visitors to the sub-Branch office will be able to enjoy and reflect on the stories depicted by the tasteful presentation of military artifacts.


That Homeschool Life


Jack's Visit to Cowra - Book Distribution Costs

Jack's Visit to Cowra is the story of a young city boy who travels to the country to spend the weekend with his grandparents. While there, Jack hears the compelling story of a Japanese man being found by his Pa in a chicken coop many years ago. Jack hears about the Breakout for the first time and the post-war restoration and friendship that occurred between Japan and Australia because of the kindness shown by the people of Cowra. Being able to print and distribute copies of this book to libraries is the goal of the project.


Milperra Public School


Centenary Garden Anzac Mural

Through this project, we seek to have a dedicated Mural remembering the ANZACs that will be showcased in a high traffic area, opposite our Centenary Garden. The Mural will be a striking image that students, teachers, parents and other visitors will see. It will be a reflection of the dedication and commitment the school has to supporting members of the Veteran community. It will also be used as part of learning and special events to educate future generations of students and families that attend MPS.


Veterans Centre Australia

Dee Why

Stories and Sport with Veterans

For this project VCA will jointly host a Veterans Rugby Match with Gordon RFC. This event will focus on encouraging members of the community to attend and meet veterans. The event will mix sport and social activities – focus on being family friendly. Members of the Australian Storytelling Guild will facilitate attendees to relate their stories of their family members/ friends. It will provide a means to speak and share stories of veterans – everyone who comes to the event and who wants to, can add the outline of their family members’ story. These will be recorded for prosperity and shared.


Kirribilli RSL sub-Branch (RSL NSW)

Lavender Bay

Memorabilia Display Cases

Through this project we quite simply seeks to purchase 3 quality Australian made display cabinets that can be utilised throughout the Club to display military and war memorabilia relevant to the local community. This project is also a collaboration between the Kirribilli RSL sub-Branch, Kirribilli Ex Services Club and the Royal Australian Air Force Association (NSW).


Australian War Widows NSW Ltd


Anzac Field of Remembrance 2022 Livestream

The ANZAC Field of Remembrance reflects on the lives of those who are no longer with us, recognises and honours the loss and sacrifices made by the widows of war, and all veteran families who play an enormous lifelong role supporting Australian Defence Force men and women. 2022 marks 70 years since the beginning of the Field of Remembrance and we look forward to holding the service once again in St Andrews Cathedral Sydney, followed by the Dedication of the Field and the planting of official crosses. The grant funding is to offset the cost of the livestreaming services.



East Maitland

New Lambton Public School commemorative

Our project will create a focal point for observing military commemorative services. A plaque to be mounted on this sandstone block will explain the history of New Lambton Public School during World War 2.


Glen Innes RSL sub-Branch

Glenn Innes

Anzac Day Garden

Provision of wreaths and Anzac Day memorabilia on Anzac Day 2022 as well as re-construction of the Glen Innes Public School Memorial Gardens.


HMAS SYDNEY Association

Five Dock

HMAS SYDNEY II Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony

We believe that the holding of this very important memorial service each year allows members of our Association, other organisations, the general public and more importantly the families and descendants of those 645 men who died that day in 1941 share with us the memory of the engagement and sacrifice on both sides that day.


Regentville Public School


ANZAC Commemorative Mural

We are creating a powerful, reflective space for our students and families that consists of an ANZAC-themed mural. We are focused on educating our students and community about the remarkable contributions of all servicemen and women - in particular, the often scarcely known service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people and their incomparable sacrifices. We have made initial steps to work with our local Returned Services League (RSL) Sub-Branch to identify and highlight the profiles of local ATSI service personnel, past and present, within the Penrith community.


Leumeah Public School


Plaque and Screen for Monument

This is to complete the previous project due to a short fall in funds. Then install a screen with commemorative soldier silhouette of the screen to complete the area.


Gyndarna PreSchool


Enhancing ANZAC Learning

We will develop and deliver a week long education program, focusing on the local military services during and including the week leading upto ANZAC Day. This will include a visit to the local Wentworth Military Collection Museum. We will also engage a local returned services person to come and speak with our children.


Mustafa Allawi


Anzac Day Video for CALD communities

Through this project, we aim to produce a short video of 30-60s long that will highlight why Anzac Day is important for CALD communities to reflect on and observe, linking the spirit of Anzac to the experiences of CALD, migrants and refugees. We will launch the video to our social media sites, video sharing platforms, share them with our community and partner communities to increase the spread and viewership of this video. This will be a free resource accessible by the public, and we anticipate that the video will reach a minimum of 500-1000 unique viewers in the first week of release by Anzac Day, with viewership growing over time to improve community understanding of the importance of Anzac Day.


Junee & District Historical Society inc. T/a Junee Broadway Museum


Army Great Coat / Poppy Dress preservation

Provide a perspex case and information board to protect and preserve an Army Great Coat and "Call to Arms" certificate, belonging to Corporal Frank Boyton who enlisted on 10th October, 1941 and was discharged on 5th August, 1946. He was a resident of the Junee District, from one of the very early families to settle in the District.


My Community Voice


Special Anzac Day Commemoration Broadcast in 26 languages

We seek to connect our local communities to the Anzac spirit through a digital and social media public broadcast, as a free digital resource for all community members to access. Our project will invite veterans to a panel that will be shared with community leaders, local business, spiritual leaders, multicultural or religious leaders, the multicultural community, to listen the veteran's lived experiences and the importance of Anzac commemorations, reflect and discuss the Anzac spirit and what it means in today's society. To guarantee accessibility by different cultural groups, we will translate our broadcast into 26 languages, available through subtitles.