The Derwent Valley remembers at dawn

ANZAC Day Dawn Services have been held this morning at New Norfolk, Gretna, Maydena, Fentonbury and Arthurs Lake, with 11am services to follow at New Norfolk, Bushy Park, Hamilton and Bothwell. There was fog in some areas as dawn broke across the valley and highlands.

At New Norfolk, parade marshal Dale Britten marched about 60 veterans and family members from the RSL Club to the Cenotaph via Tank St. At 10.30am, Mr Britten will take charge of the main parade which will march from Arthur Square and up High St to the Cenotaph for the 11am civic service.


New Norfolk RSL Club president Bernie Clifford led the Dawn Service and spoke about the service of Derwent Valley nurse Elizabeth Orr, who served in the Boer War and World War I. The Reverend Celia Hooker spoke briefly and led the prayers, after which Mr Clifford read the names of the fallen and Derwent Valley Concert Band bugler John O’Carroll sounded the Last Post and played the New Zealand and Australian national anthems.

Wreaths were laid by representatives of the RSL Club, Derwent Valley Council and New Norfolk District Football Club and the Lions Club of New Norfolk, as well as by individuals including a family who placed a small painting of prisoners of war alongside their wreath.


  • New Norfolk: At 10.30am, the Derwent Valley Concert Band will lead veterans and community members marching from Arthur Square up High St to Circle St for the civic service. Anyone wanting to march should assemble at Arthur Square by 10.30am. The civic service at 11am will feature Rodney Bester as master of ceremonies; the St Matthew’s Singers will perform with the concert band; and speeches will be given by Ivan Davis and the Reverend Celia Hooker. Lunch will be available at the RSL Club afterwards
  • Bushy Park: An 11am community service will be held at the War Memorial Swimming Pool, Gordon River Rd. This will be followed by a light lunch and social afternoon.
  • Hamilton: A civic service will be held at the war memorial, Tarleton St, at 11am.
  • Bothwell: An 11am civic service will be held in Queen’s Park.

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Anzac Day dawn at Gretna.
Veterans and relatives outside the New Norfolk RSL Club ahead of the Dawn Service.
Westerway Primary School student Adam Round at the Maydena War Memorial.
Flowers and a painting in memory of a prisoner of war, placed on the New Norfolk Cenotaph.
Floral tributes on the memorial at the Maydena RSL Club.
The Gretna War Memorial.
Part of the assembly of veterans and relatives in front of the New Norfolk Cenotaph.
James Clark representing Westerway Primary School at the Dawn Service held at the Fentonbury War Memorial.
Dawn Service at the Gretna War Memorial.

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