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Snapshot - Birdwood House Opening

Published on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 at 10:43:00 AM

Birdwood House Opening by Neville Thompson

Were you at the official opening of Geraldton's Birdwood House away back on September 1, 1935?

This view shows the large crowd which assembled in their Sunday best for the occasion when both the war memorial and Birdwood House were officially opened.

From that time on Anzac Day observances have been carried out at the site. Previously these observances had been held in the Geraldton Town Hall and later at Lester Square at the corner of Augustus and Gregory Streets.

Concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus this year led to a major change in the Anzac Day observance with public gatherings prohibited and people being encouraged to remain at home to stand in their driveways to honour the occasion.

Image courtesy of the Geraldton Historical Society, caption by Neville Thompson.

The Geraldton Historical Society operates the Bluff Point Lighthouse Keepers Cottage Museum which can be visited Thursday and Friday from 10am-3:30pm.

Snapshots is an initiative of the Geraldton Regional Library. For more information, or to donate a historical photo or slide to the Library, contact Heritage Services at the Geraldton Regional Library on 9956 6659 or

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