The Western Australian Museum coordinated the interpretation component of the National Anzac Centre. The Museum was represented on the Implementation Committee for the Centre along with the State Government (Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Finance’s Building Management and Works section), the Returned and Services League, the Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the City of Albany.
As lead partner for the interpretive component, the Museum engaged Canberra-based exhibition designers Thylacine, through a competitive process, to provide the design for the centre. The Museum continues to work closely with the City of Albany to ensure integrity between the building and its contents.
The Museum recognises the significance of this Centre and also poignancy of this location – the place where the first and second convoys left for Europe and ultimately Gallipoli. For many people, this is the place where the Anzac Spirit was born.
Ironically, of course, Albany was the muster point for ships carrying troops from the East Coast of Australia and New Zealand. In fact, almost all the Western Australian troops left from Fremantle, so this is truly an Anzac story.
It is also important to remember that the centre is not a museum of the First World War – it is a place of reflection on the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Australian and New Zealand forces and particularly of those who departed from Albany in 1914 – We shall remember them.