On November 1st, 1914 a convoy of 38 ships left from a small town call Albany in Western Australia carrying the Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force to engagement in World War 1. This year Australia will commemorate the 100th year of this departure through a number of events in Albany including a commemorative service, gathering of naval vessels, ship visit program and troop march. Additional activities will be organised by the local community to complement this national commemoration. The re-enactment of the convoy's departure will be televised nationally. These events have been in planning for several years attracting State and Federal Funding. The small town of Albany with a population of 35,000, boasting one set of traffic lights is expected to swell to twice this size over during this time.
The AITC Team are currently researching local families from the gold coast and queensland to identify servicemen that were on this convoys. As a part of this centenary celebration, 8 team members and 4 staff (including myself) from the Australian Industry Trade College will travel and represent the local Gold Coast/QLD families and the college.