Category Archives: ANZAC

Gallipoli Facts: Lt. Gen. Birdwood, swimmer


Lieutenant General Sir William Birdwood, the commander of the Anzac Corps, swimming in the nude at Anzac Cove. Birdwood’s headquarters were in Anzac Gully directly in the hills behind Anzac Cove and ‘Birdie’ regularly went for a swim amongst the other soldiers. This photo appeared in the Australian press and led to an increase in Birdwood’s parcel mail from that country. The story goes that when he excitedly opened these parcels anticipating perhaps a cake or chocolates instead they contained bathing trunks from shocked readers! [AWM G00401, more online]

Read more on Birdwood in the April issue of The Southern Yarn.

ANZAC 100 photos

ANZAC Day Centenary 2015Our ANZAC Day centenary event on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 was both well attended and well received. Here are some photos from the day.

Anzac Day centenary commemoration – thank you!

More than 200 people attended our largest ever commemoration of Anzac Day on its centenary yesterday. The Down Under Club of Winnipeg would like to thank all those who attended and contributed to the success of our event.

Many dignitaries, cadets, veterans, club members and interested people from the community participated in a ceremony, followed by an afternoon tea and panel presentation by four speakers on the topic of Lest We Forget Our First World War Mates.

We will share further details on yesterday’s Anzac event on this site.

Classic 107

Classic 107.1 Anzac Day Centenary broadcast

The Winnipeg Classical music station FM 107.1 is featuring a selection of music on their broadcast for April 25th, 2015, on Anzac Day.

For those unable to attend our ceremony, this is a great way to remember the day in a classical way.

Host Michael Wolch will broadcast the special program on FM 107.1 between 2 – 3 PM, local time in Winnipeg. Tune in via the web (at

(If you are listening Down Under, the broadcast time is for early risers on Sunday, April 26th 5 AM – 6 AM Eastern Standard Time in Sydney, Australia, and 7 AM – 8 AM in Wellington, New Zealand.)

We are delighted to have this special day recognized by this local broadcaster.