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Anzac Centre on track in Albany

Walls are up, it is watertight and if all goes to plan, in just over five months it will be ready to take centre stage during Albany's centenary of Anzac commemorations.

The National Anzac Centre is well and truly taking shape in the Princess Royal Fortress precinct on Mt Adelaide.

Construction began in November and is scheduled to be completed by the end of August, in time for the official opening on November 1.

The centre will tell the Anzac story and the role the city of Albany played.

It will feature electronic displays, interpretive systems, exhibitions and educational resources.

Ships that carried Australian and New Zealand troops to World War I gathered at Albany in late 1914 and the convoy left for Egypt, and ultimately Gallipoli, on November 1, 1914.

That event will be commemorated in Albany between October 30 and November 2, and will also feature a re-enactment by naval vessels of the departure of the convoy, a military march-past, commemorative services and community events.

Tourism WA estimates that almost 50,000 people could travel to Albany to attend the commemorative events, in addition to more than 18,000 Great Southern residents expected to take part.

There will also be events in Fremantle to commemorate the departure of WA troops who 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.

They were joined by the Albany convoy at sea on November 3.

The West Australian

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