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The Anzac convoy departs from Albany

The Main Body of the NZ Expeditionary Force steamed off from Wellington on 16 October 1914. The convoy consisted of 10 transport ships and four escorts, carrying 8000 soldiers and nearly 4000 horses. They arrived in Albany on 28 October to join up with 28 Australian Imperial Force troopships. The combined Anzac fleet of 38 troopships and escorts, carrying 30,000 soldiers and 7,500 horses, departed Albany on 1 November.

This film shows soldiers of the Auckland Infantry Battalion ready to embark on Albany Wharf, and the line of grey-painted New Zealand troopships waiting to follow the Australian convoy ships (which retained their civilian colours). This vast fleet took soldiers from Australia and New Zealand halfway around the world to participate in the First World War.

Year:1914

Location:King George Sound, Western Australia

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The Anzac convoy departs from Albany

The Main Body of the NZ Expeditionary Force steamed off from Wellington on 16 October 1914. The convoy consisted of 10 transport ships and four escorts, carrying 8000 soldiers and nearly 4000 horses. They arrived in Albany on 28 October to join up with 28 Australian Imperial Force troopships. The combined Anzac fleet of 38 troopships and escorts, carrying 30,000 soldiers and 7,500 horses, departed Albany on 1 November.

This film shows soldiers of the Auckland Infantry Battalion ready to embark on Albany Wharf, and the line of grey-painted New Zealand troopships waiting to follow the Australian convoy ships (which retained their civilian colours). This vast fleet took soldiers from Australia and New Zealand halfway around the world to participate in the First World War.


Year: 1914

Length: 09:11

Credits: The person who took this footage is unknown.

Source: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Catalogue Reference: F8201 Life on New Zealand troop ships / Our boys en route to Egypt


Location: King George Sound, Western Australia


The identity of the cameraman is a mystery. He may have been a ship's officer, but there are few sources that shed light on his identity. Regardless, his efforts resulted in historic footage being shot and shown in theatres in early 1915: this was the first glimpse the New Zealand public saw of their soldiers on overseas service during World War One, even if only on Albany Wharf.

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The Anzac convoy departs from Albany