Locals light up the Dawn – ANZAC 2020 Montage

Pre-dawn candles light up the driveway of Bulahdelah buses (photo by Paul and Renee Spiteri).


IT was a clear still dawn for ANZAC 2020 and many locals stood outside on their driveways to commemorate the occasion.

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Families and neighbours stood silently together in the streets, many with candles alight, ensuring that those who served in defence of Australia were honoured.

Locals also recognised indigenous men and women who fought for Australia, posting art and support statements on local social media pages.

Later that morning, Mr Mal Motum, the President of Tea Gardens RSL Sub Branch, placed a wreath at the Tea Gardens Park Cenotaph and recited the Ode.

He told NOTA, “We are commemorating today with wreath laying and by playing the last post. We supported the standing at dawn for people at home as well as the broadcast of the Dawn Services from the Australian War Memorial.

The broadcast was watched by thousands as people stayed home due to COVID-19 social restrictions.

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison, at the Dawn Service, acknowledged changes to the service this year caused by COVID-19.

He added that this was not the first time Anzac Day traditions had been interrupted and though quieter than usual, the service was no less meaningful.

In Tea Gardens at noon, a solitary Mr Mal Motum raised the Australian Flag up from half mast.

It had been flown at half mast since midnight as a sign of mourning for lost service men and women.

The last post tune hit number one on the music charts and could be heard throughout the streets as the sun set 105 years on from Gallipoli.

Lest We Forget.


By Sandra MURRAY


An ANZAC dawn we will remember (photo by Rose Ringuet).
Standing at Dawn, street vigil in Tea Gardens (photo by Vicki Brown).


The Allied Flags fly in front of popular takeaway, Hook and Cook Fish and Chips. On ANZAC Day it is appropriate to fly the flags of New Zealand, the United Kingdom and other allied nations alongside the Australian Flag. The Aboriginal Flag also flies in recognition of indigenous Australians who fought, red for the Land and red for the Flanders poppies.


The Selby Family with handmade ANZAC homage on Coupland Avenue, Tea Gardens.


Tea Gardens RSL Sub Branch President Mr Mal Motum and Vice President, Mr Paul Colver, stand to before the half mast at Tea Gardens ANZAC


Vietnam Veteran, Ken Stott, reflecting on ANZAC and the recent loss of his wife, Cheryl Stott, who was a singer in Da Nang, during the Vietnames War (1962-1975).


The Australia Flag raised up from half mast by Mr Mal Motum.

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