As we find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic, commemoration ceremonies around the country have been cancelled. Whilst we won’t be physically attending services this year, we can find new ways to honour our fallen, as well as those who served and still serve today.

RSLWA is encouraging all Australians to take part in a show of mateship for Anzac Day by standing in quiet contemplation at the end of their driveways, or on their balconies at 6am on 25 April. Additionally, a nationally televised private Anzac Day service held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra will be broadcast live by the ABC.

Our local Anzac veterans

The following collection of images and stories shed light on the experiences of some of our WA Anzac veterans who originated from inner city Perth as well as those who lived and worked here during war time. They tell of their spirit – their endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour, and mateship. Their stories reveal the selflessness of everyday people who were called upon to serve their country in extraordinary circumstances.

South Perth Uglies lend a helping hand

The South Perth Ugly Men’s Voluntary Association were a group of kind-hearted local lads, formed to raise funds and lend assistance to veterans and their families in the aftermath of the First World War. 

As one of many disabled returned soldiers, William Miller Kirk struggled to support his young family, and his already dilapidated shack on Arlington Avenue in South Perth deteriorated rapidly. The restoration of the house for William and his family was the first project completed by the South Perth Uglies.