25 April ANZAC Women

In these unusual times, it is heart-warming to know that those so far away, remember think of us as we commemorate Anzac Day. This tribute from fellow blogger, the Pacific Paratrooper.

Pacific Paratrooper


With today’s pandemic situation, we are seeing many similarities to WWI (ending in 1919), the 1920 pandemic, the Great Depression and WWII predicaments that also affected the entire planet.

We are additionally discovering that along with our militarys, there are many others that deserve our thanks and appreciation.  So __ with that in mind, I chose, along with Garrulous Gwendoline’s encouragement, to salute the nurses that risked their lives working beside the ANZAC troops that are to be honored this 25 April.

Miss Phyllis M. Boissier 

(pictured bottom right in the above image)

Elected Matron of Manly Cottage Hospital in 1912, Boissier then joined the World War I effort. She signed up with the Australian Army Nursing Service and traveled to Egypt in 1914. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross for her war service at Gezirah, where she tended to the wounded soldiers from Gallipoli. She became…

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Lest We Forget

It was a very different Dawn Service for Anzac Day 2020 for us as we stood on our balconies and commemorated those who have served for us. Fellow blogger, Living on the Downs, has given permission for me to share her words.

Living on the Downs


On the 25th of April 1915 troops of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps landed at a place future generations would known as Anzac Cove. They were part of the campaign to recapture the Gallipoli peninsula during World War One. Facing fierce resistance, the campaign dragged on for eight months until they were finally evacuated in December of that year. As a military campaign it was a failure, costing the lives of more than 8,000 Australian soldiers. But a legend was born – the legend of the ANZACS.


It is a story of courage under fire and loyalty to your mates, and the flame of that legend continues to burn brightly in the hearts and minds of Australians and our New Zealand cousins today. Every year on the 25th of April, we stop and we remember those who served and those who gave their lives in World War…

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History in the Making – The Ruby Princess Departs Port Kembla

At sunset on Thursday 23rd April, 2020 we witnessed a moment in history as the Ruby Princess departed Port Kembla (Wollongong NSW). It was tugged to the harbour entrance under escort of water cannon, the traditional symbol of maritime respect. We were a moment too slow with the camera shutter. As she sailed into open … Continue reading History in the Making – The Ruby Princess Departs Port Kembla