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Lest We Forget: Parliament Remembers Armistice Day

The Parliament of Western Australia is commemorating Armistice Day on 11 November 2018. One hundred years ago at 5:10am an armistice was signed by the Allies and Germany to "end" World War I. The order was "Hostilities will cease at 11:00 today, 11 November..."
Poppies, Poems and Speeches of Remembrance

Remembrance wreath of poppies
A two metre tall wreath of crocheted poppies, on loan from the RSL, will be on display at the front of Parliament House, facing the city.
Image courtesy of Parliament of Australia
Silence in Parliament

Parliamentarians commemorated Armistice with a minute's silence and speeches on Thursday 8 November 2018. The Premier, Mark McGowan made the first statement. Listen to the beginning of the statements given in Parliament.

Alone in a trench...

Read Parliament's Education Officer, Peter Dooley's poem entitled Parliament Remembers written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Michael Loney, parliamentary Education Presenter recites Poppies, a poem of remembrance. The poem was written by Sergeant Leon Gellert of the 10th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.
Parliamentary Events

100 Buglers for 100 Years
More than one hundred buglers performed The Last Post throughout the Perth CBD, as part of the RSL's 100 Buglers for 100 Years, including three young buglers on the front steps of Parliament House.
    Date: Sunday, 11 November 2018
    Time: 11am-11:30am
Parliament lit up in Poppy Red
The front facade of Parliament House (faces the city) was lit up in red as the red field poppy is the international symbol of remembrance.
    Dates: 9-11 November 2018
Remembrance wreath of poppies
The RSL wreath of crocheted poppies will be on display at the front of Parliament House:
Dates: 5-16 November 2018
Time: 9am-5pm
The Politician who died in Flanders Field

Letter listing Bartholomew Stubbs effects sent to his wife after his
Image courtesy of the National Archives of Australia
Who was BJ Stubbs?

Bartholomew James Stubbs MLA was the only serving Western Australian parliamentarian to die in the Great War. Read more about his life...
Parliament Remembers:
    Talk and tour
The education presenters have a special talk and tour about members of parliament who served in World War I. The talk and tour in Seniors' Week includes an audiovisual presentation and a behind the scenes tour of Parliament House. There will also be a delicious morning or afternoon tea. Bookings essential.
    Dates: 12-16 November 2018
    Times: 10:15am OR 1pm
    Length: 90 minutes
    Telephone: 9222 7259
    Cost: $5
School Poetry Competition
Taylah Drazic, Southern River College, was announced the winner of Parliament's inaugural poetry competition at Parliament House on Friday 2 November 2018. Read the winning poem, Our Voice.
World War I Parliamentarian Veterans

Major Denton getting his haircut by regimental barber, Egypt, 1916
Photograph courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia
Learn more about the WA's MPs Involvement in WWI

Australia in WWI
Research a Soldier

There are a large number of websites to research Australian World War I soldiers:

What was said in Parliament during WWI

Houses of Parliament, Perth [postcard] ca.1914
Image courtesy of State Library of Western Australia
Premier Lefroy Announces Armistice

On 7 November 1918, Premier Henry Lefroy announced to the Parliament of Western Australia that Germany had signed an armistice. The Premier said "I hope the information is correct. I have it on good authority, and I trust that peace is not far off." Listen to a modern day narration of the speech.

Laws Passed in WWI
Read more about WA in WWI

Politicians at War: The Experiences of Australian Parliamentarians in the First World War, essay by Aaron Pegram, Parliament of Australia

Books in public libraries
Gallipoli to Tripoli: history of the 10th Light Horse Regiment AIF, 1914-1919
by Neville Browning & Ian Gill

Between duty and design: the architect-soldier Sir JJ Talbot Hobbs
by John J Taylor

From the trenches: the best ANZAC writing of World War One
edited by Mark Dapin

Lighthouse girl by Dianne Wolfer

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