Journalists on first Anzac convoy remembered

A special commemoration was held in Melbourne on Sunday 19 October to mark the centenary of the first Victorian convoy to embark for World War I.

The convoy of 17 ships that departed Melbourne between 17 and 21 October 1914 carried 7900 troops and 2950 horses. Aboard were eight men who listed their “trade” as journalist.

The flagship HMAT Orvieto carried two distinguished war correspondents – the official correspondent and historian Charles Bean and The Age special correspondent Phillip Schuler.

The anniversary was marked on Sunday 19 October at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne with a series of events open to the public.

The program included entertainment, opportunities to research Anzac connections and poppy-making workshops, and ended with a special sunset performance.

Further details can be found at the Anzac Centenary website

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