A cool, crisp autumn morning welcomed walkers at the Mt Clarence bush track yesterday.
Participants in the Padre White Sunday re-enactment at the Padre White Lookout in Albany were greeted by the shining sun and a peaceful mist blanketing King George Sound.
It would be easy to picture a similar scene just over 100 years ago with the sun warming the green hills, the city stirring to the unknown consequences of war, and the ships leaving the harbour with the wind at their backs.
As Father Edward Argyle of St John's Anglican Church stood on the granite rock at the top of Mt Clarence and asked the parish to have a moment of silence to reflect on the convoy that left for World War I, never to return to Australian land, it was as if everyone was standing at the first dawn service led by Padre Ernest White in 1930. Father Argyle said Padre White started the dawn service because he sought to comfort those who had returned from the war and the loved ones of those who did not.