A service at the site of the World War I soldiers' training camp at Greenmount, a commemorative train journey to Fremantle and a ceremony at the docks are being looked at as ways to mark the centenary of the departure from Fremantle of the first WA troops to sail for the battlefields.
While the main Anzac convoy carrying troops from the Eastern States and New Zealand, which assembled at Albany, sailed on November 1, 1914, the contingent of WA troops had been at the training camp at Blackboy Hill, Greenmount.
On October 31, 1914, they travelled by train to Fremantle and departed on the transport ships Ascanius and Medic, which were then joined by the Albany convoy out at sea on November 3.
Planning was already well advanced for commemorative events in Albany between October 30 and November 2 this year.
They include a military march-past, commemorative services, community events and a re-enactment by naval vessels of the convoy's departure from King George Sound.
The weekend will include the official opening of the Anzac interpretive centre being built on Mt Adelaide in Albany, to be named the National Anzac Centre.
Federal member for Fremantle Melissa Parke said yesterday that it was important to commemorate Fremantle's role in the troopships' departure and planning was under way for events to be held on October 31. They could include a service at Blackboy Hill, a train ride to Fremantle and an event on the quay at Fremantle.
She said it was hoped that schools would play an integral part in the events.
Ms Parke said not everybody would be able to get to Albany so having another focus in the metropolitan area would enable more people to take part in the start of the centenary of Anzac events.
State MP for Fremantle Simone McGurk said an afternoon event on the Esplanade in Fremantle was also possible.
"We will be making sure we do something that captures the significance of the event," she said.
A Department of Premier and Cabinet spokeswoman said the State Government was in talks with the City of Fremantle, the RSL and others regarding events for Fremantle to ensure an appropriate recognition of the departure.