2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. The end of the First World War (Armistice) is acknowledged every year in Australia on 11 November – Remembrance Day. On 11 November 1918, the war ended after more than four years. More than 32,200 Western Australians enlisted for service in the First World War.

This year the Department of Communities is coordinating a number of activities to commemorate the centenary of Armistice.

The activities will recognise Western Australia’s role in the First World War.

For a list of Centenary of Armistice events taking place throughout WA, please visit the RSLWA website and events calendar online at https://www.rslwa.org.au/events-calendar

Program of activities


A series of short films will be showcased at Yagan Square, Perth Cultural Centre Big Screen and Northbridge Piazza Superscreen. 

1. The Hundred Days Offensive: 8 August to 15 August 2018

2. First World War: 29 October to 11 November 2018 (coming soon)

3. The service of Western Australian women at home and overseas: 29 October to 11 November 2018 (coming soon)

4. Aboriginal service in the First World War: 29 October to 11 November 2018 (coming soon)

5. Roll of Honour: 11 November 2018 (coming soon)


CASCADING POPPIES – outdoor projections

Prominent WA landmarks with connections to the First World War will each be lit up with 59,000 poppies to commemorate the Australian lives lost in the First World War.

Exmouth: The Vlaming Head Lighthouse – Monday, 5 November 2018
Exmouth was used as a military base in Second World War. Two Japanese attacks were carried out on the Exmouth Gulf area in May 1943.

Geraldton: Museum of Geraldton – Tuesday, 6 November 2018
HMAS Sydney was sunk off the coast of Geraldton in 1941. This was the single largest loss of life in the history of the Royal Australian Navy.

Kalgoorlie: Kalgoorlie Town Hall – Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Albany: Albany Town Hall – Thursday, 8 November 2018
In 1914, 30,000 Australian and New Zealand troops departed Albany for Egypt and the battlefields of First World War.

Bunbury: St Patrick’s Cathedral – Friday, 9 November 2018

Fremantle: WA Maritime Museum – Saturday, 10 November 2018
In 1914, the 11th Battalion, the first battalion to be raised in WA, departed Fremantle for the landing at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli.

Perth: St George’s Cathedral – Sunday, 11 November 2018



The Centenary of Armistice infographics below highlight significant First World War statistics. To download, right-click on the thumbnail and select "Save Link As..."



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