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Sydney Marches to Remember

With their white, starched uniforms and red crosses on their foreheads, 2000 members of the Junior Red Cross make a startling presence at the eleventh anniversary of Anzac Day in Sydney.

Year:25 April, 1926

Location:Sydney, Australia

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Sydney Marches to Remember

With their white, starched uniforms and red crosses on their foreheads, 2000 members of the Junior Red Cross make a startling presence at the eleventh anniversary of Anzac Day in Sydney.


Year: 25 April, 1926

Length: 3:13

Production Company: Australasian Gazette

Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Catalogue Reference: NFSA title: 60782


People: Governor General, Lord Stonehaven; Lady Stonehaven; NSW State Governor Sir Dudley de Chair; Lady Enid de Chair; Elaine de Chair; Major-General J H Bruche, State Commandant

Location: Sydney, Australia

Tags: Brass bands, Red Cross, parades

Subject: Brass bands, Red Cross, parades


The United Commemoration Service for the eleventh anniversary of Anzac Day in Sydney City, 1926 included a march through the streets from Macquarie Place, via Pitt Street, Bathurst Street and George Street to Sydney Town Hall. The Navy brass band leads the march, followed by naval and military detachments, then the Police Band and 200 returned soldier members of the police force. Some men are wearing medals on the left, indicating their military service.

Nine days after the start of World War I a branch of the British Red Cross was established in Australia by Lady Helen Munro Ferguson. The British Red Cross Australian Branch changed its name to the Australian Red Cross Society and was incorporated by royal charter on 28 June 1941.

The Red Cross grew significantly during the Great War and the legacy of the organisation is captured by this footage. The white dresses and tunics provide an overall impression of a uniform, but the varying styles, along with crosses of different sizes on the caps, indicate that many of these uniforms were likely to have been homemade. Also notable is the rosemary pinned to some of the girls’ dresses. Lady Enid de Chair was the president of the NSW Red Cross Society and Lady Sydney Stonehaven was its national president.

The Sun reported the march on 24 April 1926 as a celebration of ‘the 11th anniversary of the landing of the Australian troops on Gallipolli (Anzac Day)’. Nowadays the use of ‘celebration’ is considered contentious and ‘commemoration’ is considered the more appropriate term.

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Sydney Marches to Remember

  • Sydney, Australia

  • 0:00

    Intertitle: Memories. Eleventh anniversary of Anzac Day is observed with pride and sorrow

  • 0:07

    Intertitle: The Procession to the Town Hall for the United Commemoration Service

  • 0:15

    Braqss band marching

  • 0:22

    Sailors marching

  • 0:30

    Soldiers marching

  • 0:48

    Brass band marching

  • 0:53

    Soldiers marching

  • 1:03

    Intertitle: The Governor General, Lord Stonehaven, is met by the State Governor, Sir Dudley de Chair, and General Bruche, State Commandant

  • 1:17

    VIPs arriving

  • 1:42

    Intertitle: 2000 members of Junior Red Cross march to Government House

  • 1:50

    Brass band marching, followed by Junior Red Cross members

  • 1:55

    Junior Red Cross members marching

  • 2:28

    Intertitle: Lady de Chair leads the singing of hymns

  • 2:34

    Lady de Chair leading the singing of hymns

  • 2:42

    Junior Red Cross members singing hymns

  • 3:00

    Junior Red Cross members leaving