To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Australian forces landing at Gallipoli, Guildford Grammar School is holding a special ANZAC Dawn Service, on the banks of the Swan River, at 5.45am on Friday 24 April. The Service will be held in front of Woodbridge (House), the original school house and home of the Harper brothers, two of our students killed at The Nek during WWI. One of the brothers, Wilfred Harper, provided the motif for Peter Weir’s film Gallipoli
and the character Archy Hamilton’s foot race towards the Turkish line.
The Service will commemorate 128 students and staff of the School who lost their lives in world conflicts, specifically WW1, WW2 and the Korean War.
A highlight of the Service will be a re-enactment of the landing on Gallipoli Cove, performed by our drama students, on the banks of the Swan River. Our 38-piece orchestra and choirs will perform and the Guildford Grammar School Cadet Unit will play a key role.
During the Service, students from across the School will read out the names of all 128 students and staff who lost their lives in world conflicts and will read out some moving letters sent home from the battlefields.
At the conclusion of the Service, at around 7.15am, we will be offering hot soup and bread to all of our guests. By arrangement with the National Trust, Woodbridge (House) will be open at the end of the Service, with visitors free to take a tour of this magnificent house and learn more about the Harper family and the history of the School.